Our library has moved to the second floor of the Polk County History Center (Old Historic Courthouse). The first floor will become new galleries for the Polk County Historical Museum. Even though our floor space has been seriously consolidated, we intend to still offer the same services as before. When you enter the Museum, just come to the East elevators and go up to the second floor. We will meet you there and be glad to assist you in any way we can. We look forward to seeing you there.
With regret, we would like to inform you that our long-time Library Manager, Joe Spann, has resigned his position with us. His efforts on behalf of the Library have accomplished much over the years and the collection has grown extensively under his guidance. He put in countless long hours and greatly advanced the work of recording and researching the history of the Southeastern United States and its families. He will be greatly missed. We wish him much success in his future endeavors and much happiness.
Even during this economic downturn the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library continues to bring new online resources for researchers. We are very proud to announce the immediate availability of both the 1884 and 1885 Polk County tax digests at our "Online Resources" page. Just click on the "Online Resources" link to the immediate left of this blog posting. Happy searching!
We are proud to announce the addition of the 1882 Polk County Tax Roll to the list of resources available here on the website. This is the earliest available tax roll which gives detailed information about the exact location of land in the county. The database is searchable several ways. To access this resource, just click on the "Online Resources" link to the left of this blog entry.
Have you ever wondered about who your ancestors were? Did you have a family member who fought in the American Revolution? Where did your family originate? You may answer all these questions and more at the Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library in Bartow. Don’t know how to get started? No problem! Did you say that your family isn’t from Polk County? That doesn’t matter! The staff of the Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library will be teaching a “Beginning Genealogy Class” on Saturday, November 14th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the library at 100 East Main Street, Bartow.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library will be CLOSED all day Saturday, September 12th. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We expect to re-open for business as usual on Tuesday, September 15th at 9:00 a.m. Thank you.
On Thursday, July 9th 2009 we added our Index to Marked Burials and Index of Polk County Cemeteries. The Index to Marked Burials contains information about over 112,000 burials in Polk County. Just enter a name in one of the search fields and you'll be on your way! The Index to Polk County Cemeteries is a simple list of all known graveyards in the county. Try it and let us know what you think!
Since January 2006 the Polk County Library Cooperative has made it possible for library card holders to use the Heritage Quest and Sanborn Fire Insurance Map resources at no charge. Additionally, patrons were able to access these resources from home using their own internet connections.
On January 1, 2009 the Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library became a project of the Polk County Library Cooperative. We are highly pleased because this change of administration and oversight will make many good things happen for our facility! When you visit the library you will find the same friendly and familiar faces to serve you.