Polk county was formed in 1856 and organized in 1870. It was named after President James K. Polk. Current population is approximately 5400.
Osceola in the county seat, although Stromsburg is the largest town. The county has a large Swedish heritage, especially around Stromsburg. Far less Swedish and more German around Shelby. This is reflected in the churches as Shelby has a large Catholic population.
Located in Osceola on the square, 400 Hawkeye Street. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm except holidays.
PO Box 276, Osceola NE 68651
Second floor of the courthouse
County Clerk has marriage licenses from about 1870 to present. A partial index is on the Polk County GenWeb page.
County Clerk has land records (but no index)
PO Box 506, Osceola, NE 68651
Third floor of the courthouse, closed over noon hour.
County Court has immigration records; some are digitized and on ArkivDigital. A subscription is required for that site.
The * indicates towns that still exist with post offices.
All cemeteries are on Findagrave and BillionGraves. They are nearly completely photographed.
Blue Ridge Cemetery
Fairvew Cemetery (not active)
Graceland Cemetery (Shelby)
LaClede (north of Polk)
Pleasant Home (Doremus)
Sacred Heart (Shelby Catholic)
St. Andrew's Catholic #1 (not active, in middle of cow pasture)
St. Andrew's Catholic #2
St. John's Lutheran
St. Mary's (Pilzno)
Valley German Methodist
Wesley Chapel (not active, maintained by county)
Many church records in Polk county are digitized by Arkiv Digital and are located on their web site (for a fee).
Dubas Funeral Home of Stromsburg & Osceola (2003/5 to present)
Victor Anderson Funeral Home of Stromsburg (no longer in operation), Doug Dodds, 214 Commercial in Stromsburg
Kepner Funeral Home of Osceola (no longer in operation), then Kepner-Roberts Funeral Home, then Roberts-Dubas Funeral Home
Palmer Funeral Home of Stromsburg (no longer in operation, ceased in 2005)
Polk County News
Polk County Historical Society
Polk County Genealogy Club
Polk County GenWeb:
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