First Families of Polk County, Missouri
The year 2010 marked the 175th anniversary of Polk County, Missouri. In 1835
Polk County was established when boundary lines were surveyed and the county was born.
In honor of this event, Polk County Genealogical Society, Inc. is proud to sponsor
Polk County First Families. (This is an ongoing project; 2010 was the kickoff year!)
This program recognizes the families who have made Polk County their home
sometime between 1835 and 1935.
Individuals will trace their ancestors back to one of four periods:
Founding, Pioneer, Settler or Century Families.
After completing the paper work, which includes a lineage chart and documentation
of each generation, it will be verified by the Polk County Genealogical Society.
Upon verification a certificate will be issued to the applicant.
There is a $25 fee for the first application in
any of the four family divisions.
Additional applications within each division will have a $10 fee applied.
All applications and documentations become the
property of, and will be on file at, the Polk County
Genealogical Society’s Research Facility.
We would also like to have photographs of your ancestors, if possible. We will gladly accept copies to keep in our files or we can scan your originals for you at the time you bring in your application(s). Thanks!
Guidelines | Eligibility | Fees | Rules of Acceptance | Certificates Issued
Guidelines for Certification
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First Families of Polk County, Missouri Categories
Founding Families 1835-1860 Click here for application
Pioneer Families 1861-1879 Click here for application
Settler Families 1880-1899 Click here for application
Families 1900-1935 Click here for application
Additional pages you will need:
You will need a set of these papers for EACH category
Lineage pages 2 and 3
References for Lineage page 4
Ancestor Marriages page 5
Click here to view the guidelines for certification as a pdf file and to print them.
To apply for a certificate, each applicant will need to complete an application form. The applicant will need to submit documentation to substantiate the information included in the line of descent chart.
There is a $25 fee for the first application in any of the four family divisions. Additional applications within each division will be $10. All fees must be included with the applications.
Guidelines for Completing First Family Applications
Address labels are an easy way to get your name on the back of the documents.
First Families of Polk County
Rules of Acceptance
First Families of Polk County
Polk County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 632
Bolivar, MO 65613
certificate will be awarded upon approval of the application
by the First Families Committee.
The following have been verified as being
families from the four eras
The number in parentheses is the number of certificates issued for that ancestor.
Updated July 2011
Founding Families (1835–1860) of Polk County
Pioneer First Families (1861–1879) of Polk County
John L. and Emily King Batten
John Quincey and Naomi Ann Hogg Breshears
John and Margaret (Wilson) Burns
Ezekial Madison and Rebecca Patton Adkins Campbell (2)
Matthew Glaves Campbell
Henry Emmett Dooly
Nathan Sullins Gent (2)
James Hensley (3)
James A. Hopkins, Sr. (2)
Henry Jarrett Lightfoot (3)
Noah Long (2)
Jesse Neale (2)
Iva Owen W. W. Parrish
Joseph C. Payne
Reece B. Price
Leonard Richards, Jr.
Avington Simpson (12)
Bird Lewis Stafford (2)
Francis Asbury and Charlotte Keith Tuckness
Robert Hightower Walker
Erasmus Darwin Wilcox
Adam Zumwalt (2)
William A. W. Cunningham
William Franklin Hutcheson
Settler Families (1880-1899) of Polk County
Century Families (1900–1935) of Polk County
Joshua Alexander Lawson
Charles Henry Newcomb
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