Welcome to Polk County, MO
Polk County Courthouse, Bolivar, Missouri
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Polk County Topics of Interest
|Polk Co. Message (Query) Board||
Polk County Surnames
|Civil War Vets Buried in Polk Co.||Published Resources and Lookup Volunteers||
MO Death Certificate Database
Print images, 1910--1961
Polk Co. Land
Patents 1831 - 1969
|Obituary Submission Form||Newest Obituaries Posted|
|Polk County Historical Society||1870 & 1900 Polk Co. Census Images||Polk County Genealogical Society||The Ozarks Genealogical Society, Inc.|
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Polk County Photo Album
|Another Polk County Album Updated-19 Aug '06||
8th Grade Graduation
|Index to Polk County History, 1876||
5th Missouri Infantry
The William Ruyle Diary
Gideon H. Higginbotham,
1845 thru the
1845 thru the
|Matilda Polk Campbell Chapter of the DAR||
Letters & More
|Find A Grave||
|Missouri Digital Map Library.|
|Historic Sites of Interest||Civil War Soldier buried at Dunnegan Cemetery.||Archived Queries||Bibliography|
Polk Co. Archives
Births & Stillbirths
|Missouri MOGenWeb Project|
According to the 2010 census, Polk County has a population of 31,017 residents
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Polk County Topography and Migration
The Ozark Plateau is the states largest land region. Forested Hills and low mountains give it scenic beauty. The plateau rises 500 to 1,00 feet or more above sea level. The river valleys are about the only flat land in the Ozark Region. The plateau is one of the nation's major tourist areas because of it's many caves, large springs and lakes, and clear fast-flowing streams. The Springfield Plateau makes up much of the Ozark Plateau. Polk County sits on the Springfield Plateau. The Pomme De Terre River runs through the center of Polk County, with the South End of The Pomme De Terre Lake at the top of the county.
1930 Missouri Counties Plat Book Online - published by W.W. Hickson, and Co. in 1930 and held in the Special Collections Department of Ellis Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Township of Polk County Map
Towns (then and now) according to Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889.
Bolivar, the county seat is located at the county's geographical center;
Brighton, located in Looney Twp. abt. 12 miles E of Bolivar;
Cliquot (note the L),
Dunnegan (Dunnegan Springs), Campbell Twp.;
Fair Play, in N part of Madison Twp. abt 10 miles W of Bolivar;
Goodnight, Mooney Twp. 16 miles from Bolivar;
Graydon (Graydon Springs) Jackson Twp.;
Halfway, Benton Twp. abt 12 miles E of Bolivar;
Humansville, in Johnson Twp. abt 17 miles NW of Bolivar, named in honor of James Human;
Morrisville, Looney Twp. 10 miles S of Bolivar, founded in 1870 by Morris Mitchell;
Orleans, in Jackson Twp. abt. 12 miles SW of Bolivar;<<Read the story
Pleasant Hope, Mooney Twp. is in the SE corner of the county, abt. 14 miles from Bolivar;
Polktown (Polk post office) located in Greene Twp. abt. 12 miles NE of Bolivar;
Rondo, in Jefferson Twp. abt. 12 miles NE of Bolivar;
Sentinel Prairie, in Greene Twp. abt. 13 miles NE of Bolivar;
Shady Grove, Madison Twp. abt. 12 miles SW of Bolivar;
Sharon was located in Jackson Twp. near the southern county line, the post office was known as Gulf;
Slagle, north part of Looney Twp. abt. 5 1/2 miles from Bolivar;
Wishart, (Frisco post office).
Genealogical Society Visit their website.
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Polk County Courthouse
102 E. Broadway
Bolivar, MO 65613
Clerk Circuit Court, Room 14
Recorder of Deeds, Room 8
Bolivar, (417) 326-4924 or 326-4912.
Clerk County Commission, Polk County Courthouse, Room 11, Bolivar, (417) 326-4031.
For a list of available records either print or microfilm, see Bibliography (Near Top of this page).
PITTS FUNERAL HOME INC
316 E Broadway St.
BUTLER FUNERAL HOME
407 E Broadway St.
MURRAY FUNERAL HOMES
911 W. Broadway St., Bolivar, 65613,(417) 326-7900
220 N. Bolivar Rd, Humansville. 65674,(417) 754-2215
Polk County Libraries
The Polk County Library (formerly
called Southwest Regional Library) has two facilities. Humansville and Bolivar.
Each is located in the central part of their respective towns. The Bolivar
facility has a wide variety of genealogical materials. All of the newspapers
listed here are available on microfilm. (These are copies of extant
The mailing address is 1690 W. Broadway (West Hwy 32), Bolivar, MO 65613 Phone: 417.326.4531
They do not do genealogy
Hours: 9-6 M-W-F; Evening Hours 9-9 on T-T; 9-4 Sat.
The Humansville branch of the Library has a collection of Obituaries from Humansville and Bolivar papers for the past 12 years. Ask for a surname search by using interlibrary loan request or write the library sending SASE with request.
The Southwest Baptist University Library is open to the public. Though it should be noted that the SBU Library has very little if any historical and genealogy related material.
The North Ward Museum operated and maintained by the Historical Society is open May through September. The archive room houses many early county court records.
When the museum is
open the hours are; 1 - 4 pm Mon. through Sat.
The phone number is: 417-326-6850.
The Historical Society of Polk County: PO Box 423, Bolivar MO 65613.Books for Sale by the Historical Society of Polk County
Center, 4653 S. Campbell, Springfield MO,
The third floor, Shepard Room, is genealogy and local history.
Not a library but will add for good measure: The courthouse has never burned so all records are available except what neglect and time have damaged and those that have been given to the Historical society.. It is open M-F, 8 - 5.
State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia is the preeminent research facility for the study of the Show Me State's heritage.
The Ozarks Genealogical Society,
534 W. Catalpa
Springfield, MO 65807
Wednesdays 1-4 pm and Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm
Ozar'kn is a Quarterly publication of the Ozarks Genealogical Society, Inc.
Polk County FAQ's
Polk County Historic Sites of Interest
Private web sites with Polk County connections
Descendants of Peter Price (1780)
Descendants of Peter Price (1826)
Polk County Missionary Baptist Association Obituary Index
-- Andrew J and Mary Ann Mitchell
Polk County Pension List January 1883
Autograph Book from Morrisville Academy
Polk County School - web site's
Moore Cemetery, Huron, Polk County
Cemetery (Near) Sentinel Submitted by Calvin Doub [calvin1927 [at] comcast [dot] net] PDF File
Richardson Cemetery #1, Johnson Twp.
Shady Grove Cemetery, #1 Union Twp., Aldrich <Partial list> <Some Pictures>
Shady Grove Cemetery, #2 Johnson Twp., Humansville
Trimble Cemetery - SW of Fair Play
Some Polk County restaurants and motels
About the MOGenWeb Project
Polk County Links
Polk County Genealogical Society
THE BOLIVAR HERALD-FREE PRESS
High School Alumni/Faculty Directory
Fair Play High Alumni/Faculty Directory
Marion C. Early High, Morrisville Alumni/Faculty Directory
Halfway Secondary Alumni/Faculty Directory
Humansville High Alumni/Faculty Directory
Pleasant Hope High Alumni/Faculty Directory
Return to Missouri Genealogy MOGenWeb Page
The Missouri Tombstone Transcription Project
The Missouri Census Transcription Project
Visit The Missouri Archives / Polk County Records in the Missouri Archives --Polk County Birth Register and Resister of Stillbirths + Other Records
1900 Polk County Census Images
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GENDEX: The WWW Genealogy Index (Gene Stark)
Genealogists' Index to the World Wide Web (John Rigdon)
Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
MOGenWeb Project USGenWeb Project WorldGenWeb Project
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