Bolivar, Missouri, it is
PCGS Facility Hours: 10
a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
25th Anniversary Celebration!
May 2, 7 p.m.
Come celebrate with us at
the PCGS Research Facility!
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UPCOMING MEETING: MAY 2, 2019
May 2, 2019--PCGS 25th Anniversary Celebration, 7 p.m.
Genealogy Society to celebrate 25th birthday
On Thursday, May 2, the Polk County Genealogical Society will celebrate its 25th birthday during its regular monthly meeting. We invite all members and the general public to join us as we reminisce about the last 25 years with photos and stories. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Cake and other treats will be served.
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 Genealogical Society.
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 publications.
In 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 this floor.
The 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!
New on our website:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know?
PCGS is 25 years old!
The PCGS Research Facility
(original Carnegie Public Library) is 104
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 2019:
Monday, September 2 (Labor Day)
Thursday - Sunday, November 28 - December 1 (Thanksgiving)
Sunday, December 22 through Thursday, January 2 (Christmas break)
We will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020
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
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