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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

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You can contact us at:

PO Box 632

Bolivar, MO


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

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Visit PCGS to pick up your free commemorative map of Bolivar!


Starts at 7 p.m. Program: "The Pledge of Allegiance" by Leta Gass

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!

As of January 1, 2016--
individual dues increased to $20 per year; family dues increased to $25 per year. ($60/$75 for 3 year membership).

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

Did you know?

PCGS is 22 years old!

The PCGS Research Facility (original Carnegie Public Library) is 100 years old!

President's Corner

The definition, "the striking of one thing against another, to have an impact or effect on; influence; alter."

The Polk County Genealogical Society had a few impacts in 2015. One "impact" of note happened in December and was something that had never happened in the life of our building which has graced the corner of Jackson Street and Springfield Avenue for 100 years. Springfield Ave. has a slight curve to it and, if a vehicle does not make this curve, then it would come right up to our building, which is exactly what happened.

It was 6 a.m. on a Wednesday morning when a car driven by a woman, 90 years old, missed the gentle curve on Springfield Ave. and proceeded to take out the stop sign, fire hydrant and our PCGS sign. It then came to rest at the northeast corner of the building. The car was totaled but the driver walked away with just cuts and bruises. Our building withstood the impact quite well with the only damage being to our sign and to the corner stone--both of which will be replaced by her insurance. As you can imagine, we were all glad that our facility was not open at that time!

Our other "impact" will be to the environment and with the good stewardship of the money that comes from your dues and donations. The two largest bills at PCGS are the insurance and electric bills. Our endowment fund with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks generates just enough interest to cover the yearly insurance bill. The electric bill can, in some years, be quite the struggle to handle, even with all of the energy improvements we have done to the building.

The board explored solar power options and then signed a contract with Solar Rich Power to apply for Empire Electric’s rebate program for installing solar panels on the roof of the building. This rebate only pays for a portion of the total cost but Solar Rich Power has a non-profit lease program that will lower our total cost to about $130 a month. The power generated by the panels is fed back to the electric company and applied as a credit to our bill. The size of the system installed should generate enough power to offset all, if not most, of our electric bill each month. Our bills in the winter can reach upwards of $300 to $400 in a cold January or February and that is with our thermostats set at 62 degrees. "Going Green" never sounded so good!

Please try 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

New on our website:
2015 Ornament -- $8.00

Features the original Bolivar High School, now the home of the Bolivar R-1 Schools Administration offices.

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.

here for school closings list at

Monday, July 4 (Independence Day)
Monday, September 5 (Labor Day)
Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25 (Thanksgiving)
Saturday, December 24 through Sunday, January 1 (Christmas break)
We will open at 10 a.m. on January 2, 2017

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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