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Welcome to Polk County Connections!

This site is dedicated to the memory of:

Joyce McNiel Munson
1945-2002
Co-Founder of this site
Joyce's passion for genealogy and her personal commitment to the sharing
of resources formed the foundation of this website, and all of the projects
now connected to it.  Athough she will be dearly missed, her dream will
carry on within these pages......

Polk County Texas
"Created from Liberty County March 30, 1846. Organized July 13, 1846
with Livingston as County Seat. Named for James Knox Polk 1795-1849,
President of the United States who favored annexation of Texas. Early
settlements were Drew's Landing, Mariana, Swartout.   On 1,280 acres,
granted by the State in 1854, the descendants of the Alabama Indians still live."
{ Source: Texas Highway Dept. Marker located at Hwy 190 and 59 Bypass.}

~View Photo of Courthouse~

On Site Records:

Court House Records:
 Hardin County
 User Submitted Deeds, Probate, Wills
 Liberty County
 User Submitted Deeds, Probate, Wills
 Polk County 
 User Submitted Deeds, Probate, Wills
San Jacinto County
 User Submitted Deeds, Probate, Wills

History:

Burch Letters
Images & Transcriptions of letters 
recieved by James Burch
W. B. Hardin
Pension Petition
Scanned Image, signed by 30 Polk Co. men in 1885!
Historical Marker Inscriptions
Text from Historical Markers
Submissions welcome!
Lynching of 1877
Murder trial of Morgan Rye Sr., Morgan Rye Jr, Randolph Fields, Frank Snell & William Owens
 Hooker Morris' Murder
Transcribed Pamphlet of the History of the Murder of Hooker Morris & the Conviction of Jim Hill - 1896
Merchants of Polk County 
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Scanned Images of Receipts from several 
stores in the Moscow area  mid to late 1800's
Names & Origins of 
Towns & Post Offices
Compiled by the Polk County Historical Committee.
Newspaper Extractions
Extractions from The Polk County Enterprise-
Nov. 9, 1933
Photo Gallery
Submissions Welcome!
 Polk Co. News
Extractions from the Houston Post & Chronicle
Trinity Co. News
Extractions from the Houston Post & Chronicle
Virtual Museum
Scanned "Historical Artifacts"
Submissions Welcome!

Military Service:

Veterans Pages
 Veterans who served  from Polk County
 or have their final resting place here.
Memorial List of Honor
 Polk County Soldiers who died in Service
Unclaimed VA Markers
 Veterans Markers looking for homes.

Misc. Records:

McNiel-Munson Gen. Room
 Recreation of Joyce McNiel Munson's Site
Piano Student of 
Mrs. W. H. Caton
 Recital Programs Images  for 1924, 1933 & 1936-
Miss Ida's Matthew's
Singing School-1910 & 1911
 Kiam & Pine Grove Tx.  Attendance list.
 Submitted by Bettie Sarver

Schools:

Smithfield School History
 Partial History of the school
 -present day Ace Tx
1910-11 Corrigan School Program
 Images and Text!
 1940 "Lions Roar" 
 Livingston High School Yearbook Extracts
1941 "Lions Roar" 
 Livingston High School Yearbook  Extracts
1952 "Tell-A-Scope"
 Big Sandy School Yearbook
 Student & teacher lists grades 1-12
1955-56 "Lion's Roar"-
 Livingston School Yearbook
 Students and Teachers lists grades 7-12
School Group Photos
 Old School group pictures
 Submissions Welcome!

"Vital Statistics"-Birth / Death / Marriage:

 Casket Sales
 Extraction from 1933-1945, JW Cochran & Co.
Polk County
Cemetery Indexes
 130 + Cemeteries Indexes
Adjacent Counties
Cemetery Indexes
 Cemetery Indexes for adjacent counties 
Masonic Deaths
 Masonic Lodge Members who died 1859-1882
Marriage Records Indexes
 Indexes of Marriages between 1846-1893
Mortality Schedules
 Transcribed from census microfilm
Obituaries & News Articles
Pre 1950 
 Submissions welcome!
Obituary Index
 "Modern day" obituaries index. 
to Dec. 31, 2003
 Parental Consent to Marry
 Transcription of Parental Consent & Marriage 
 Applications  / Affidavits 1851-1899
Probate Index
 Index of Probate Records & 
 Wills filed in Polk County Texas
 Separate Property
Book-B 1849-1872
 Full Transcription of  Separate Property
of Married Women

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A Texas Sized THANK YOU to All who bring this Project to Life:

Joyce Munson~Co-Host   &   Ed Munson~Technical Advisor

Contributors:
 Carol Archer  Patsy Jackson  David Moerbe  Patsy Quick
 Bettye Bond  Leggett HS G&T Program  Sandy Moore  Donald E. Reeves
 Marjorie A. Cain  Vernon Linton  Theresa Neal  Gerry Rollins
 Olan Cain  Nollene Marsh  Jean Watts Pace  Bettie Sarver
 Sallie Cannon  Ray Nell McCommon  Mary Jane Payne  Joe & Linda Thomas
 Alfred & Sherry Chitty   Norma McLoughlin  O. Jones Perkins  Victery/Canon Family
 Mary Harper  Roy Miller  Cannon Pritchard Janet Walker
 R.D. Hendrix

Connections to Your Roots:

Address Book
 Contact information for copies of 
 documents or newspaper information
 from Polk, San Jacinto or Trinity Co.,TX
Calendar
 Of Homecomings & Reunions
Cousins' Corner
< Polk County Surname List
Researcher's Web Sites
< Click here to see what other 
    researchers have online

Polk County Genealogy Classifieds
Printed Resources Available for Purchase

General Interest:
{click on the links for description, price, etc.}
1850 Polk County Census Book
1860 Polk County TX Census Book
1870 Polk County TX Census Book
 Old City Cemetery 
Once, When We Were Young (Civil War)
Polk Co. TX Marriage Index Vol I (1846-1893)
 Sawdust Memories
There Were Never Such Men (Civil War)
The Pictorial History Of Polk County, Texas
The History Of Polk County
 Union Springs Cemetery 2000

By Surname:
{click on the links for description, price, etc.}

"Anders,Andres,Andress, Andrews,Anderson 
Family of Southeastern North Carolina"
Barrett Branches

Posting of new or used books for sale are welcome!

Links to Polk County Query & Message Boards:

Polk County TX Mailing List Rootsweb Genealogy Discussion List
Polk County TX GenForum Query & Message Board
Polk County TX Message Board Query & Message Boards on Ancestory.Com

Helpful Hints and Useful Stuff:

   DOB Calculator
 Formula for calculating birth date 
from age at death.
Calanders
 Link to the ultimate 'perpetual calander'
Old Handwriting
 Deciphering Old Handwriting
Naming Trends
 Traditional patterns for naming children
 1930 Census Preview
 "What to expect from the 1930 Census"
Old Occupations
 Link to "Colonial Occupations" Definitions
Archaic Medical Terms
 Translation of Medical Diagnosis
 OurTimeLines.com
 Create time lines for your or ancestors.
'Texas Soldiers'
 Description of Medallions on located on  Headstones of Texas Soldiers 
Inflation Calculator
 Comparing census "values" to today's. 
Definitions of Initial
 Definition of Legal Initials 
Land Measurement
 Definitions for terms found in grants, deeds and wills
Vital Stats Start Dates
 Year in which recording of births and deaths were required-by state

Just Getting Started?  Try some of the links below:

 Free Printable Forms from Ancestry.Com
 Surname to Soundex this one does the work for you
 Soundex For Dummies explains how soundex works 

Links to Other Polk County Texas Sites:

 Alabama-Coushatta Tribe
 Brief History of the Indian Reservation 
Co F  22nd Texas Inf, CSA
(Civil War) 
 Confederate Indigent Families Index
 Texas State Archives 
 Scroll down to see Polk Co. List
 Trinity Lodge # 14
 Masonic Lodge & Eastern Star 
Murphy Memorial Library
.
 Onalaska
 History of Onalaska-includes sawmills
 Polk County Enterprise
 Includes Online Obituaries 
 Polk County Postmasters
 Rootsweb Project
Polk County Memorial Museum
 This site offers a comprehensive 'peak' into 
 the museum.
Polk County Texas Online Archives
 Rootsweb Project 
Polk County Tombstone Project 
 Rootsweb Project
Midway Church
 Contains Memorial Pages for Members!
Sam Houston Library
 Index of Polk County Resources Available
 at Liberty (Regional Archives)
Shine Diaries
 Diaries by Lakuska Idola{Kern}Shine,
 wife of Dr. Uriah Shine of Leggett


  Texas History

Harbert Davenport 1939 Essay
"Notes from an Unfinished Study of Fannin and His Men," and his published
1939 essay, "The Men of Goliad" online courtesy of H. David Maxey

Index To Military Rolls Of The Republic Of Texas 1835-1845

Historic Sites Atlas
Searchable information on Historic Sites & Sawmills!

Texas State Links:

County Records Available on Microfilm
 Information on records at State
 Archives, for Inter-Library loan 
Historic Texas Cemeteries
 .
The Handbook Of Texas Online
 Great Searchable Info. 
 by Surname or Keyword 
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Texas Division
 General Information on the organization.
Sons of The Republic of Texas
 General Information on SRT;
 membership requirements, etc. 
SouthEast Texas Genealogical & Historical Society
 
Texas Cemeteries
 Statewide Cemetery Project
Texas Census Index
 Index of Texas Census Images Online 
 Gen Web Project
Texas Dept Of Health-Vital Statistics
.
Texas Research Helps
 Texas Gen-Web Link Page
 Great hints to research sites!
Texas Roots Top 100 Genealogy Sites
{When accessing this site, you have an option to vote for PCC.}
Though Silent, They Speak
 Assorted East Texas Cemetery Indexes

Texas Searchable Indexes:

Texas Death Index 1964-1998 
 Courtesy of Rootsweb
Texas Birth Index 1926-1949
 No longer avaiable 
Texas Birth Index After 1949
 No longer available
Texas Divorce Index 1968-1997
 No longer available 
Texas Marriage Index 1966-1995
 No longer available
Texas Probate Indexes
 Various Counties-McNeil High School Project
Texas Confederate Pensions Index  Searchable Index
 Social Security Death Index
 Nationwide Records from Rootsweb
WW I Draft Card Transcriptions
 Exractions of WWI Draft Cards by Rootsweb

National Links:

  African American Cemeteries
 Site lists 100's of US AA Cemeteries
 by State & County
American Battle Monuments Cemeteries  Soldiers Buried Oversees
American Life Histories
 Searchable manuscripts in the
 Library of Congress
Biographies of Founding Fathers
 Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of Independance
Census Online & Other Diggins
Free genealogy information from a variety of sources
Civil War Prisoner Lookup
 Searchable List of Andersonville 
 Prisoners of War
 Civil War Records 
 Searchable by Name, State & Unit 
Civil War Research Center
 Index of online Civil War Resources
Civil War Rosters
 All States
  Civil War Soldiers & Sailors
 Includes search engine for
 imaged enlistment forms
 Confederate Parolees at Vicksburg
 List of Confederate Soldiers paroled at Vicksburg
 Ellis Island Database
 List of Imigrants who entered through Ellis Island  1892-1924
Gen-Bay
 Commercial site for old newspapers
 -free search by surname
GeneaSearch
 Searchable resources & queries
Income Tax Records 
of the Civil War Years
 List of available microfilm 
 & History of the tax
Migration Patterns
 Great Site to see how & why folks
 moved so often 
 Olden Times
 Scanned Misc. 19th & 20th century news articles & obits--searchable
Spanish American War
 Centennial Website
Sons of Confederate Veterans
.
National Cemeteries & Veteran Burials
.
Woodsmen Of The World
.
Veterans Tombstones Link
.

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