POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA, CEMETERIES BOOK PROJECT
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.
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
Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume II (2002)
Bartow (East): Hardy Fortner/ Peace River Primitive Baptist, Lake Garfield
Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume III (2004)
Bartow (Northwest): Palm Evergreen/Hewing
Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume IV (2006)
Bok Tower: Bok Tower
Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume V (2008)
Auburndale: Auburndale (old), Auburndale Memorial Gardens, Lincoln Park
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