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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
EMAIL: info@pcgsmo.com


Polk County Circuit Court
Records Index 1835-1900

Now available for research!
Click here for more information



 

PCGS membership information | Who We Are-About Us | Directions/Parking

Next Meeting | President's Corner | Weather Policy | Closing Dates

First Families of Polk County | Polk County Family Histories Book 2


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You can contact us at:
    PCGS
    PO Box 632
    Bolivar, MO
    65613-0632
  
info@pcgsmo.com
   417-777-2820


BOARD OF
DIRECTORS
President
  Susan Sparks
Vice President
  Bob Phillips
Secretary
  Leta Gass
Treasurer
  Julie Trout
Director-at-large
  Ben Gravely



STORY LINKS
*2012 Ornament and
Puzzles
featuring the
Simon Bolivar Statue
.
The items can
be purchased
at PCGS's
facility on the
square in
Bolivar or
purchased
from the
website--

Shop now
to get them
sent to your
door!

*
2011 Ornament
and Puzzles
featuring the
Polk County
Courthouse
.
The items can
be purchased
at PCGS's
facility on the
square in
Bolivar or
purchased
from the
website--

Shop now
to get them
sent to your
door!

*Now available:
Archived Newsletters
from the first
years of PCGS.
They are
searchable.
Take a look
at them and
see how far
we've come!
(A big thank
you to Mike
Jones for
scanning and
digitizing the
newsletters!)


*
The Great Missouri
Treasure Hunt
has ended!

View the winners
here. Our own
Susan Sparks'
story made the
Top Five in the
Civil War history
section. See her
story
here.

*"First Families
of Polk County,
Missouri"
Click here to
find out more
information on
the First Families
program.This
is an ongoing
project, so you
are not too late!

Click here to
see a list of First
Family names
already certified
as part of the
program.


*PCGS is now
on Facebook.
Click
here
to see our page
(it is public; no
need to join
Facebook
unless you
want to.)

*
"Who are We?"
Click
here to
look at some of
the unidentified
pictures of PCGS

*Collection of
Polk County,
Missouri stories
Click here

*PCGS pictures
available on
Flickr.com
Click here

*PCGS wins
2008 Jonas
Viles Award
Click here

*Visit with Roy
Blunt, Sep. 2007

Click here

*Courthouse
100 year time
capsule
opened, 2007
Click here

*PCGS Library
renovation 2007
Click here

*Polk County
History Book,
Vol. 1, is
available
for sale
Index online
Click here

*Dedication of
First Burial
at Greenwood
Cemetery,
May 2006
Click here

*Television crew
films segment
at PCGS
Library, June
2004
Click here

*Genealogical
Soc. gets nearly
$5,000 for
preservation,
2004
Click here

*PCGS
celebrated 10
years, 2004

Click
here

*PCGS Library
building
declared historic
site, July 2003
Click here

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UPCOMING MEETING: AUGUST 7, 2014
Starts at 7 p.m. Business meeting; Program TBA


PCGS is 20 years old!
More information on the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Society coming soon!

Polk County Family Histories Book 2!
Publication planned for 2014!
You can still order a book at the pre-sale price.
Click Polk County Family Histories Book 2 for more information


President's Corner

UPDATE: On Wednesday, March 5, Susan Sparks' appointment by Gov. Jay Nixon
to the State Historical Records Advisory Board was confirmed by the Missouri
Senate. Sparks currently serves as the president of the Polk County Genealogical
Society and the Downtown Bolivar Association.

Published in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, March 7, 2014


Mark and Susan Sparks, Senator Mike Parson

The PCGS Board of Directors are proud to announce the following:

Sparks nominated for historical records board!

Published in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, February 20, 2014, written by Matthew Barba

Susan Sparks has always had a love of history, looking into the past and uncovering the
stories of those who came before.

Thanks to that love of the past, Sparks has been nominated by Gov. Jay Nixon as a
member of the State Historical Records Advisory Board, where, if her nomination is
confirmed, she will help shape the future of historical records preservation throughout
Missouri.

Missouri’s historical records advisory board is the central advisory body for historical
records planning and National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded
projects. The board facilitates cooperation and communication among historical records
repositories and information agencies within the state.

It is also the state-level review body for proposals to the National Historical Publications
and Records Commission and Local Records Preservation Program grant programs.

“An amazing amount of historical documents are tucked into small, locally run facilities,”
Sparks said. “Most of these facilities have a limited amount of resources and must
employ ‘preservation on a budget’ methods. The local records grant program can be
a tipping point in facilities’ budgets and can dictate the level of care documents receive.”

Sparks knows much about historic preservation on a budget, serving as the president
of the Polk County Genealogical Society since 1997.

“It has been an honor to help preserve Polk County’s rich and varied history, and I
look forward to serving the state of Missouri as a member of the Missouri Historical
Records Advisory Board,” Sparks said.

“The opportunity to have a voice in the guidance of historical records preservation
from my experience of volunteering at a non-tax supported facility should be helpful
for other facilities in rural settings.”

The term for which she has been nominated will end Nov. 1, 2016.

Sparks is also president of the Downtown Bolivar Association and a director for the
Bolivar Community Betterment Association.

Also nominated were Gregory B. Allen of Kansas City, Cynthia L. Parks of Columbia
and David E. Richards of Springfield. The nominations are subject to approval by
the Missouri Senate.

NOTE: The Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) was created by statute
in 1989 and is assigned to the Office of the Secretary of State. Members are appointed
by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Federal regulations require
members to have experience and interest in the collection, administration, and use of
historical records, as well as dedication to the preservation of and access to Missouri's
documented heritage. Over the years, archivists, curators, historians, records managers,
librarians, and genealogists have served on the board.
Source: Missouri Secretary of State's website


New on our website:


Created in memory of our members who have passed on.
Click
here for the Member Memorial Tribute Page. updated 2014

Finding Aids updated November 2013

2013 Ornaments and Puzzles are NOW AVAILABLE:
The 2013 editions feature the North Ward School, located just north of downtown Bolivar

The ornament is $5.00.
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The 48-piece puzzle is $8.00. Shop Now!




NEW BOOKS FOR SALE:

Polk County Strays Book 1835-1848, $25.00 Shop Now!

Union Grove Cemetery, Polk County, Missouri, $15.00 Shop Now!





When 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!


For stories on Polk County's history, please click here


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:
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

CLOSING DATES FOR 2014:

Monday, September 1, for Labor Day
Thursday, November 27 through Friday, November 28, for Thanksgiving Break
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 scrapbooks
pictures and other media from the 75 years of the Ozark Empire Fair. Check out
the finding aid by clicking
here.

INDEXES OF LIBRARY HOLDINGS AND OTHER RESOURCES
UPDATED September 2010
Library holdings, archival holdings, obituary files, microfilm, archival finding aids,
index to Polk County History Book
To see the listings, click
here



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
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=48059b6f-fd44-4c45-88ae-07c7d0d0be53

 


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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