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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 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. Based on experience, there have been adjustments causing the initial six volumes to become nine and thus extending the time estimated for completion of the project.


      Polk County is larger than the state of Rhode Island. The area to be covered, combined with the number of burial sites involved, posed a serious challenge to those doing the onsite work. A decision was made to divide the County into geographical sections (see the map). Earlier volumes required the most travel and took the longest time to complete. The first volume was published in 2001. Since that time four more volumes have been published with the sixth due out in the summer of this year. The final three volumes, located in the Lakeland area, will take time less time to complete.


      A grant to the Society from the Polk County Historical Commission makes it possible to give each of the fourteen public libraries in the County a copy of the volumes(s) for the geographical area of the library. In addition, the Society sends a copy of each volume to the Family History Library and the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library.


      The Society has produced a CD for each of the first four volumes and one that combines all four volumes. Volumes I through III are out of print. A limited number of Volume IV is still available. When future volumes are out of print and no longer available, a CD of those volumes will be provided as an alternate resource. The order form on the site may be used to purchase the CDs.


      The status of each volume with the communities it covers is provided for those interested in doing cemetery oriented research in Polk County;


      (Out of print/CD available) Volume I: Bartow, Bradley Junction, Chicora-Brewster, Fort Meade-Brewster, Homeland (west), Keysville, Nichols, Polk/Hardee


      (Out of print/CD available) Volume II: Bartow (east), Bereah, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Homeland, Lake Wales


      (Out of print/CD available) Volume III: Bartow (northwest), Fuller Heights, Lakeland (south/west), Medulla. Mulberry, Willow Oak


      (Limited number available/CD available) Volume IV: Connorsville, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Gordonville, Haines City, Lake Wales, Loughman, Wahneta, (Oceola Cty: Oak Hill)


      (Limited number available) Volume V: Auburndale, Lake Alfred


      Volume VI: Winter Haven (In final edit)


      Volume VII: Lakeland North, Polk City (Initial survey completed)


      Volume VIII: Greater Lakeland


      Volume IX: Oak Hill burial Park


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

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume I

      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

      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

      Frostproof 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

      Bartow (north west): 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

      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

      Wahneta

      (Osceola County): Oak Hill

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume V

      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

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

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume VII

      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

      Lakeland: Gapway, Lake View, Laurel Hill, Morehead/Stephenson, Roselawn,

      Temple Emanuel, Tiger Flowers

      Polk County, Florida, Cemeteries -- Volume IX: Oak Hill Burial Park

      Those wishing to preorder a future publication may contact:

      Kay Stone: KAYSTONE@prodigy.net

      Alvie L. Davidson: floridasearch@verizon.net

      Order Form



      Those wishing to preorder a future publication may contact:

      Kay Stone: KAYSTONE@prodigy.net

      Alvie L. Davidson: floridasearch@verizon.net

      Order Form