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Visit PCGS to pick up your free commemorative map of
April 6, 7 p.m.
The Polk County Genealogical
Society (PCGS) will once again be offering the
service of placing flowers on graves for Memorial
Day. Orders may be made from March 1 through
May 1, 2023. The choices for flowers will be
either a small spray placed by the stone or a
saddle placed over the top of the stone. The
cost for the saddle is $50 and the bouquet is $20.
Deliveries can be made to cemeteries in Polk
orders must be submitted and paid for by May 1,
2023. Orders may be placed by using the online form
stopping by the PCGS facility at 120 E. Jackson or
calling 417-777-2820. The PCGS facility is open
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00
AM to 2:00 PM.
Flowers will be placed on the graves between
May 20 and May 28, 2023. The volunteers of
PCGS hope this provides a service to those who are
unable to place flowers on graves and also as a
fundraiser for the organization. PCGS is a
non-profit organization dedicated to promoting
genealogical research and preserving the history
of Polk County.
Gratitude is one
word that comes to mind frequently these days. In
relation to PCGS, we owe a great debt of gratitude
to so many individuals. Many people make the work
here possible and support the mission of the
organization. It is like a pebble thrown into a
pond and the ripple effect spreads out over the
surface area far from where the small pebble was
initially thrown. Perhaps Mother Theresa said it
best in her quote: "I alone cannot change the
world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to
create many ripples." 1 Together we
accomplish so much. More than we ever could as
individuals. We are glad that you as members
choose to join with us and support our mission of
preserving history and supporting genealogical
Our members support us first by paying membership
dues. Dues help to pay the bills from supplies
needed to the postage required to send out a
newsletter. Your support as members also tells us
that you care about the preservation of Polk
County’s history and genealogy.
Monetary donations are also given throughout the
year. All of these, no matter the size, help to
pay utility costs, insurance, repairs, and the
list goes on. These donations are essential to
keep the society operating.
Our volunteers work many hours on various projects
as well as helping those
who request help via email, telephone, or come in
the door. Without them, none of this would be
possible. Their faithful service makes all the
difference in the work of PCGS.
Some offer their support by caring enough to
preserve the history of the area.
When they see something that needs to be
preserved; they work to get the material into the
proper place. Others support by just caring about
the work and keeping informed about events and
Some provide needed supplies such as hand
sanitizer, paper towels and soap.
Each gift makes a difference and helps in some
Gifts of genealogical research are
made. These might include family research or
private papers. All help in increasing the
Ultimately all of the above support our mission
statement: Polk County Genealogical
Society, Inc. promotes genealogical research by
providing educational and research
opportunities, offering community services in
related fields, and collecting,
preserving, and publishing genealogical and
Gratitude - yes, we are grateful for all that
everyone does to make our mission possible.
Without the support of many, our work would not be
Cay Sergent, PCGS President
1 Goodreads. (n.d.).
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Past President
Did you know?
PCGS is 29 years old!
The PCGS Research
Facility (original Carnegie Public Library)
is 108 years old!
The Polk County
Genealogical Society was established
in 1994. Interested parties first met
for an organizational meeting in
February 1994. The first program and
business meeting was held in April
1994. At the time, the Society was a
special interest group of the Friends
of the Polk County Library and was
supported financially by the Friends.
The first name of the Society was the
Bolivar Genealogy Group, but the name
was soon changed to the Polk County
In 1996, the Society
became independent of the Friends of
the Library. The first publication for
sale by the Society was published in
1998. There are now over 80
publications available for purchase at
the Society’s library. The Society
incorporated in August 1999 and became
a not-for-profit corporation in
January 2001. The Society does not
receive any funding from local or
state entities. All money comes from
donations of individuals, research
fees, and sales of society
October 2001, PCGS purchased the
Carnegie library building located on
the town square of Bolivar, Missouri
and completed renovation of the ground
floor in the summer of 2002. The Polk
County Genealogical Society Library
was opened to the public in July 2002.
The lower floor houses the research
collection. While the Society focuses
on Polk and surrounding counties,
there is material from across the
United States, including a large
selection from Tennessee and Kentucky.
Researchers also have access to
Ancestry.com, Fold3.com (a military
site), and Newspapers.com. The only
fee charged is for copies. The
all-volunteer staff is available to
help at any time.
The upstairs was renovated in 2005 and
houses the collections that have been
given to the Society. Finding aids are
created for these collections which
helps researchers find information
valuable for them without having to go
through the whole collection. Also,
this floor contains the old Polk
County records dating back to 1835.
Court docket books, probate record
books, and court cases are housed on
Society continues to promote and
encourage the preservation of local
and family history through informative
programs, classes and special events.
The Polk County Genealogical Society
Research Facility’s regular hours are
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monthly
meeting are held the first Thursdays
of each month at 7 p.m. (Exceptions to
our regular schedule and open days are
listed on our website www.pcgsmo.com.)
PCGS has welcomed visitors from all
over the United States and Canada and
hope to continue to do so for many
years to come!
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, January 16
(MLK Jr. Day)
Monday, January 30 ( PCGS Staff
Training Day-cancelled because of
Monday, February 20 (President's Day)
May 29 (Memorial Day) Monday,
February 27 (PCGS Staff
Monday, June 19 (Juneteenth)
Monday, September 4 (Labor Day)
- Sund ay, November 20 - November
Monday, December 18 through
Tuesday, January 2 (Christmas break)
We will open at 10
a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2024
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. Geocaching
PCGS is now part of the geocaching community.
For more information, please see
this website Grandma's Little Stash