|Follow the Polk County
Genealogical Society, Inc.
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
at 7 p.m. Program TBA
NO MEETING IN JANUARY SINCE
REGULAR MEETING NIGHT FALLS ON JANUARY 1st.
On November 6 the following were elected as
officers for 2015:
President, Susan Sparks
Vice-President, Bob Phillips
Secretary, Leta Gass
Treasurer, Julie Trout
Director-at-large, Ben Gravely
Circuit Court Records Index 1835-1900
Now available for research!
Click here for
PCGS is 20 years old!
PCGS Research Facility
(original Carnegie Public Library) is 100
Corner (from October
PCGS has had a very busy
and exciting year. This summer we released
finding aid on our website for the first
30 boxes of Polk County circuit court
cases that have already been microfilmed.
The finding aid will be updated
periodically as more boxes are filmed and
returned to us. Eventually there
will be over 200 cubic feet of court
records in our archives, spanning the time
frame of 1835 - 1975. This is an
incredible resource and can really help
out those genealogies with colorful, true
The history book is in its final steps.
The history book team have put together
a great book and I recommend purchasing it
at its pre-publication price of $49
plus shipping since the price will go up
after we receive the shipment of books.
The book is chock full of
never-before-published photos of Polk
County and its
people. The book also includes great
family histories, military and century
We have had many researchers visit the
facility this summer and, with each
of them, the PCGS staff went above and
beyond to help them find their roots.
We also love the fact we learn more about
Polk County people from each of
Our meetings this year have been
outstanding. We learned about some
interesting historical items and people.
Our next meeting is October 2 and
will feature Richard Kee of California. We
have moved this meeting to the
Polk County Senior Center as we are
predicting a large crowd. Richard will
be talking about a pistol that was
featured on the show “History Detectives.”
The pistol, which reportedly belonged to
Pretty Boy Floyd, will be on display.
Meeting start time will be at 7 p.m.
This year has brought us many blessings
and, with some of them, a bit of
loss also. To our membership I want to say
thank you for helping us keep
the history of families alive and well and
the doors of the facility open. With
your continued support, we will continue
to grow and prosper--so be sure to
plan a visit to the facility and share in
Susan Sparks, President
on our website:
in memory of our members who have passed on.
Click here for
the Member Memorial
Tribute Page. updated
Aids updated November 2013
2014 Ornaments and Puzzles
are NOW AVAILABLE:
The 2014 editions feature the
Polk County Genealogical Society Research
with pictures on both sides of the ornament.
Front side is our facility as it is now
and the back side features a black and white
picture of the library building when
it was first built as a Carnegie library in
1914/15. The puzzle features a collage of
pictures of the building.
The ornament is $6.00. Shop Now!
48-piece puzzle is $8.00. Shop Now!
BOOKS FOR SALE:
you see this icon, click on it to leave our
site and go to the online map.
Visit PCGS to pick up your free commemorative
map of Bolivar!
stories on Polk County's history, please click
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.
Click here for
school closings list at ky3.com
Monday, September 1, for Labor
Tuesday, December 23 through Thursday, January
1, 2015, for Christmas Break
PCGS will re-open at 10 a.m. on Friday,
January 2, 2015.
NEW -- Ozark Empire Fair Scrapbooks and
Collection Finding Aid.
Our archivist, Leta Gass,
spent many weeks cataloguing and sorting
pictures and other media from the 75 years of
the Ozark Empire Fair. Check out
the finding aid by clicking here.
OF LIBRARY HOLDINGS AND OTHER RESOURCES
Library holdings, archival
holdings, obituary files, microfilm, archival
index to Polk County History Book
To see the listings, click here
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