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Hi everyone! I will be going on vacation from 13 to 19 September. The library will be open and the museum people will be available to help you. I am going to Arizona and will be back on the job on 23 September. I am doing a little moving and straightening of our resources. No major changes. When you come in and if you can't find what you are looking for just ask. If you need help with history or newspaper lookups be sure and send an email to me at If it is next week I will get to you as soon as I return. Have a great week and stay dry!


It has been ages since an entry has been made and we have gone through some changes here in the library. In December of 2013 Dorothy Manley, one of our Library assistants had surgery. She was unable to return to work and is now in full medical retirement. She is doing a lot better healthwise, but we miss her. Recently we also lost Gail Seger to retirement on 1 September. She will be missed a lot too. The library carries on and we plan to keep providing the same service the public has become accustomed to.


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.

Joe Spann Resigns

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.

More New Online Resources

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!

New Online Resource - 1882 Tax Roll

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.

Beginning Genealogy Class - Saturday, November 14th

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.

Library Closed - Saturday, September 12th

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.

New Online Resources !!

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!

Heritage Quest and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

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.