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Guide to Polk County Florida genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Polk County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Founded February 8, 1861
County Seat Bartow
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County Courthouse

Polk County Courthouse
255 N Broadway Ave
Bartow, FL 33830-3912
Phone: 863.534.4540

Boundaries changed 1871.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, court, and land records from 1861. [1]

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Polk County, Florida
A bit of history of creation from Hillsborough County.

Parent County

8 February 1861: Polk County was created from Hillsborough County.
County seat: Bartow [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities


Bartow Historical Library, . The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.


Archives and Libraries

Bartow Historical Library, Bartow, Polk Co., Florida


Heritage and History in Polk County

Willow Lawn Cemetery- African American- & obits

Jackson C. Longworth - African American Polk Co. Pioneer



For cemeteries within cities and communities, please refer to their pages.


For tips on accessing Polk County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

Church Hisory and Records

Court Records

Funeral Homes and Records


Town Listings for Polk County


Mailing Lists

Message Boards




Land and Property


Military History and Records

Newspapers (non-local)

Personal News


Valentine V. VanHuss -FLGenWeb Project,Inc.


Probate Records


Vital Records




Societies and Libraries, and Museums

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk County, Florida Page 136 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. WorldCat 50140092 FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/3f/Igifloridamz.pdf.


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