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Polk County Genealogy

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Polk county was formed in 1855 from parts of Henderson and Rutherford Counties. It was named for William Polk who was a Revolutionary War Colonel. The county seat of Polk County is Columbus.

The townships of Polk County include: Columbus, Cooper’s Gap, Green Creek, Saluda, Tryon, and White Oak.

The largest body of water in Polk County is Lake Adger. Polk County includes the historic small towns of Saluda, Tryon and Columbus.

Polk County Genealogy Resources

Polk County NCGenweb site

Polk County NCGenWeb Archives

Polk County North Carolina Genealogical Society
485 Hunting Country Rd.
Tryon, NC 28782


Polk County Government

Polk County Government – Official Page
40 Courthouse St.
Columbus, NC 28722

Polk County Registrar of Deeds
Online Search
40 Courthouse St
Columbus NC 28722
PO Box 308
8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri
(828) 894-8450

Polk County, NC Library
Main Branch
1289 West Mills Street
Columbus, NC 28722

Telephone: (828) 894-8721
Fax: (828) 894-2761

Monday: 9 am. – 6 p.m.__ Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saluda Public Library
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, N.C. 28773-0398

Telephone: (828) 749-2117

Monday- Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Vital Records

The following types of records are maintained
by the Polk County Register of Deeds office:

Marriage records
Birth and Death records
Delayed births

The only persons by law that may request a certified copy of a vital record are:

Your spouse
Your mother/father
Your brother/sister
Your child/grandchildren
Your grandmother/grandfather
A person seeking information for legal determination of
personal or property rights (proof required)
An authorized agent, attorney, or legal representative of
the person named on the vital record

Note: Uncertified copies are available to the public.

To obtain a certified copy of a record, you may use the following printable form:

Application for Certified Copy of Vital Record

Certified copies: $10.00 each
Non-certified copies: $ .25 each

Send check or money order to the following address:

Mrs. Sheila Whitmire
Polk County
PO Box 308, 102 Courthouse Road
Columbus, NC 28722

Self-addressed, stamped envelopes are appreciated.

For further information, call 828-894-8450.

Cities and Towns of Polk County

* Columbus
* Saluda
* Tryon


Cooper’s Gap
Green Creek
White Oak


1860 Federal Census Transcription


USGS listing of cemeteries in Polk County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Polk County Cemeteries

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