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      The impetus for this project occurred in 1981 when Society members recognized the need for genealogical research publications related to the cemeteries in Polk County. There was a time lapse on the project until a small group of dedicated members accepted the challenge and began to donate the countless hours and financial support required to make the project a reality. Using The Cracker Tracker's List of Cemeteries and Burial Sites in Polk County, Florida, by Odell Robinson, and lists of cemeteries prepared by the Cemetery Committee, the initial scope of the project and the potential burial sites to be included in each volume were determined. Ms. Hazel Bowman completed the histories in the first six volumes. There are nine volumes in total, the first was published in 2001 and the last one in 2013.

      A grant to the Genealogical Society from the Polk County Historical Commission made it possible to give each of the fourteen public libraries in the County a copy of the volume(s) for the geographical area covered by that library. In addition, the Society donated a copy of each volume to the Lakeland Public Library Special Collections Room, Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library in Bartow, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

      There are hardcover books available for some of the volumes, CD copies for each individual volume and also a CD that contains all nine volumes. Please see the order form for availability and pricing.

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      The following list of burial sites included in each volume is provided to assist those doing genealogical research in Polk County, FL:

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume I (2001)

      Bartow: Oak Hill, Wildwood
      Bartow (South) Shady Oaks
      Bradley Junction: Mt. Olive, Philippi (see Shady Oaks)
      Chicora - Brewster: Altman/Chicora
      Fort Meade-Brewster: Hancock, New Hope/Mt Pleasant, Old Elim, Pellhum/Pelham
      Fort Meade (South): Morrison.
      Homeland (West): Crum Durrance
      Homeland (Southwest): Davis/Homeland Colored
      Keysville: Beulah Baptist
      Nichols (East): Blue Jay, Byrd Branch
      Polk-Hardee (in Polk County): Bowling Green Colored

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume II (2002)

      Bartow (East): Hardy Fortner/ Peace River Primitive Baptist, Lake Garfield
      Bereah: Corinth
      Fort Meade: Evergreen, Monument Park
      Fort Meade (East) Lake Buffum, Mt. Zion
      Fort Meade (South) Galilee/ F.D. Robeson, Mt. Pisgah
      Biscuit Lake/Little Biscuit, Carson, Silver Hill, St. Mary's
      Frostproof (West) Eden/Little Eden Midland, Nelson Still
      Homeland: Bethel/ Methodist, Episcopal (Includes reburial of Wallace Family from site on Homeland-Alturas that was mined.)
      Lake Wales: Lake Wales/Pleasant Gardens
      Lake Wales (Southeast): Nalaca

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume III (2004)

      Bartow (Northwest): Palm Evergreen/Hewing
      Fuller Heights: Fuller Heights/Laurel Hill/Bone Valley
      Lakeland (South): Lakeland Memorial Gardens, Lake Seward
      Lakeland (West): Springhead
      Medulla: Fitzgerald, Hamilton, Medulla
      Mulberry: Alfred W. Lunn, Bonnie Lake, Greenwood/Timber lake
      Willow Oak: Willow Oak

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume IV (2006)

      Bok Tower: Bok Tower
      Connorsville: Gandy/Connorsville
      Davenport: Dundee, Evergreen, Jamestown
      Dundee: Dundee
      Eagle Lake: Eagle Lake
      Gordonville: Gordonville
      Haines City: Forest Hill, Oakland Baptist, On the Hill
      Lake Wales: Whidden/Enterprise/Sick Island, Willow Lawn
      Loughmn: Loughman
      (Osceola County): Oak Hill

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume V (2008)

      Auburndale: Auburndale (old), Auburndale Memorial Gardens, Lincoln Park
      Carter's Corner: Gambler's Rest
      Kossuthville (K-ville): Glen Abbey Memorial Park
      Lake Alfred: Lake Lowery, Oak Grove
      Winter Haven: Chris Brown, Inman Park, Lake Maude, Lakeside Memorial Park
      Oaklawn, Rolling Hills

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume VI (2010)

      Winter Haven: Chris Brown, Inman Park, Lake Maude, Lakeside Memorial Park, Oaklawn, Rolling Hill

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume VII (2010)

      Lakeland North: Carpenter's Home, Galloway/Griffin/Sleepy Hill, Green Pond, Little Flock, Mount Olive Baptist, New Home/Winston, New Plat, Serenity Gardens, Sleepy Hill, Socrum/Bethel

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume VIII (2012)

      Lakeland: Gapway, Lake View, Laurel Hill, Morehead/Stephenson, Roselawn, Temple Emanuel, Tiger Flowers

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume IX: (2013)

      Oak Hill Burial Park