About Us--Who We Are
Mission and Purpose | Non-Profit Corporation | Board of Directors
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 historical records.
The purposes of this Society shall be:
1) To encourage the interest in and study of genealogy and the practice of genealogical research, particularly, but not limited to, the ancestry of its members and individuals who now live in, or formerly lived in Polk County, Missouri.
2) To encourage and educate members in the art and practice of genealogical research, compilation and careful documentation and otherwise promote scholarly writing; to maintain and elevate genealogical standards.
3) To encourage the interest in and the expansion of the resources, equipment, and physical facilities which will be the private property of the Society. The gifts and bequests of books, materials, manuscripts, photographs, and financial contributions to the Society, would thereby enable the Society to remain in a constant state of growth and progress.
The Polk County Genealogical Society Research Facility is open four days a week and staffed entirely by volunteers from the Polk County Genealogical Society, a non-profit corporation. The society and its facility is supported entirely by membership fees, research fees, book sales and donations. Over 60 percent of our membership is from areas other than Polk County, Missouri.
of PCGS Group Pictures (not all members were present)
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Board of Directors
Cay Sergent, President
Cay grew up where there were more cows than people.
However, she has lived in Polk County for over 40 years. After
32 years as an educator, she is happy now to volunteer her time
for causes that she believes are important. She loves to look
through old family photos, even if they are not hers and
delights in hearing stories from the past. She believes that
while the history books often tell the stories of the kings,
queens and popes – the real story lies with the ordinary men and
women who lived out each day in very common ways. She is
passionate about saving those stories and memories for future
Ben Gravely, Vice President
Gravely is a sixth-generation Polk Countian. He is a former
truck driver and has traveled to practically every state in
the continental USA. He is married to Marquita Payne and they
have two sons. He is the head of the First Families of Polk
County project. He is a descendant of the Gravely family who
owned the Bolivar Free Press newspaper. Ben's
grandfather, dad and uncle who published, managed and edited
the paper, respectively, welcomed Ben's help in the press room
when he was younger. Ben is another of Polk County's resident
historians, knowing lots of the history since he paid
attention to his mother's stories when he was young.
*Ben passed away June 30, 2022. Please see our Tribute page in memory of our deceased members.
Myra Pippen, Secretary
Myra grew up in Polk County. She returned home
after 40 years of working elsewhere. Myra is enjoying
retirement and getting reacquainted with old friends and making
new friends. She started volunteering at the genealogy
library in 2020 and became a board member in 2022. Never
knowing any relatives except for immediate family, she has
enjoyed digging into family histories and recalling childhood
stories for her family.
Julie Trout, Treasurer
Julie Wollard Trout is a sixth-generation Polk Countian. Julie is a charter member of the Polk County Genealogical Society, which was formed in 1994. She has been interested in genealogy her entire life but the start of her active research came after a visit to a family cemetery at age 13. She graduated from Bolivar High School and then Southwest Baptist University with a degree in History and Sociology. She graduated from the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course in 1995. She is married to Brian and has two adult sons and one daughter in elementary school. Julie tries hard to balance her time between being a wife, mom and genealogy. She spends lots of time on her computer late at night researching!
Betty Doyle, Director at Large
Betty grew up in the city but, during her high
school years, she moved to Polk County. She attended Southwest Baptist University
and studied accounting. She is a long-time member of the
Bolivar United Methodist Church and serves on the
Missions committee. Betty
is retired and busy doing volunteer work at PCGS and the
Polk County Christian Social Ministries, including the
Share Your Christmas program. She enjoys researching her
family history as well as helping others. Awards include
the Bolivar United Methodist Women’s group Special Mission
Recognition award in 2005 and, in 2013, the Bolivar Rotary
Club Civic Service Award.
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Located on the southeast corner of the courthouse square in Bolivar, MO