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Polk County Genealogical
                  Society, Inc. Headquartered in Bolivar, Missouri,
                  United States of America

PCGS Facility Hours: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday


November 10 – December 22
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PO Box 632

Bolivar, MO


  Susan Sparks
Vice President
  Bob Phillips
  Leta Gass
  Julie Trout
  Ben Gravely

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Starts at 7 p.m. Program: Christmas Fellowship and Member Share


The sale begins November 10 (the start of Bolivar's Christmas Open House event) and ends December 22. (PCGS will be closed from December 23 through January 2.)

"Polk County Family Histories, Book 2" on sale for only $40 plus $6 shipping

20 % off all other merchandise
excluding Polk County Family Histories Book 2

****FREE DECK of souvenir playing cards with every purchase of $5 or more (IN STORE ONLY)*****

15 % off all online sales*
excluding Polk County Family Histories Book 2

*Normal shipping prices apply to items where shipping is not already included in price. Shipping prices are clearly listed with each item online if applicable. $10 minimum online order still applies. 15% off discount will be refunded to customer after purchase is approved.*

New on our website:
Obituary Files updated

Requesting research from PCGS:
Our Resources page has been updated with a new look and price chart.

*THE BEST WAY to request a lookup is to email us with your request before sending payment
and we will let you know if we can help you with your search.
Remember to please be specific with your request, giving the full name of the person you are looking for, with any relevant dates and Polk County place locations. Email

Please remember to be patient with the volunteers--at PCGS the volunteers know the collection and have helped hundreds of people just like you find that probate, obituary or long lost family history. They also have a love of the craft and travelers. We have all visited those places where the staff grunts and points to the genealogical section. Not here at PCGS! You will always be greeted with enthusiasm and helpfulness. Be generous--share your data with the facility and leave as large of a donation as you can. Those donations and your support are what keep our doors open and the lights on, four days a week year round. We look forward to your visit!

Susan Sparks, President

Did you know?

PCGS is 23 years old!

The PCGS Research Facility (original Carnegie Public Library) is 102 years old!

President's Corner
DNA has been the topic of discussion at the facility for the last couple of months. We had a wonderful presentation last spring and again this spring from William Westmoreland on DNA testing. William is one of our members who has spent a lot of time and resources on DNA research in order to break one of his brick walls. He inspired me to jump into the DNA pool.

I have a couple of brick walls on my maternal side, so Will suggested that I have my mother tested with Family Tree DNA to gain insight into or maybe even knock down that brick wall. I had my mother tested in December (the companies that do DNA testing usually have a sale during selected holidays). I was skeptical but, since our family tree had never been published anywhere, I figured any matches truly had to come from the DNA test and not a search engine looking for matches.

So, we patiently waited for the results and they really were fascinating once completed. I found cousins that share our brick wall but, alas, they had less information then we did. DNA testing does take some study and eventually you need to have a family tree posted online to help open up more contact with people with whom you share ancestors.

On my paternal side I had to test my brother as our father had died when we were young. This test was needed because our great-great-grandfather was a child conceived out of wedlock in Belgium in the early 1800s. Welcome to another brick wall! Our ancestor was given his mother’s maiden name but I was looking for the name of his true father. We did a YDNA test (one that follows a male direct line) which should give me the name of the father eventually.

My mother died in May, so she will not get to see the information that this testing may eventually uncover. However, I will forge forward and hope that the walls come tumbling down someday. I was glad that I did the test with my mother and that we got to share some of the results together before she passed away.

Susan Sparks

From April 2016 meeting:
Download the presentation of "Genealogy and DNA" by Will Westmoreland (PDF format)

Congratulations to our own Susan Sparks for winning the Bolivar Rotary Civic Service Award for 2016!

Solar panels were installed the last week of June 2016
on the roof of the PCGS research facility.

Before & After:

From across the street:


PCGS Website:
Obituary Files Updated

Funeral Cards Index Added

Probate Records Index Added

Index of Polk County History Book, Vol. 2, added

If Bolivar schools are closed because of weather, the library will also be closed. If Polk County is under a Winter Weather Warning, the facility will be closed.

There will be no night meeting, either, if school is closed on a Thursday.

If bad weather develops on a Thursday afternoon before the regular monthly meeting, members can call 417-777-2820 to find out the status of the meeting. Winter Weather and Tornado Warnings will mean automatic cancellation of meetings.

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Monday, September 4 (Labor Day)
Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24 (Thanksgiving)
Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1 (Christmas break)
We will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

GEOCACHING--Geocaching is an activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world.
PCGS is now part of the geocaching community.

For more information, please see this website Grandma's Little Stash

Business meetings are the first Thursday of every month at the
Polk County Genealogical Society Research Facility, on the square in Bolivar, MO

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