Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy
Guide to Pope County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Pope County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas, United States Genealogy
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||November 2, 1829|
|Address||Pope County Courthouse|
100 W Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Genealogy Resources
- 4.1 Research Guides
- 4.2 African Americans
- 4.3 Bible Records
- 4.4 Cemeteries
- 4.5 Census
- 4.6 Church Records
- 4.7 Court
- 4.8 Genealogy
- 4.9 Land and Property
- 4.10 Local Histories
- 4.11 History Timeline
- 4.12 Maps
- 4.13 Military
- 4.14 Naturalization
- 4.15 Newspapers
- 4.16 Occupations
- 4.17 Probate Records
- 4.18 Taxation
- 4.19 Vital Records
- 5 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Pope County Courthouse
100 W Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1831, county court records from 1857, voter and divorce records from 1965; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, land and military and court records. 
- 1829-1830 -- A temporary county seat was established at the home of John Balinger on the Arkansas River.
- 1830 -- The county seat was established at old Norristown. No county buildings were built there.
- 1840 -- The first Courthouse was built in Dover. It was built of logs and lasted until it was burned with no loss of records during the Civil War.
- After the log Courthouse burned, court was held in churches until a brick Courthouse was constructed on the Dover town square.
- May 16, 1888 -- The county seat was moved to Russellville, and Russellville's first couthouse was built in 1888. The present Pope County Courthouse was built in 1931.
History[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
Variant Spellings[edit | edit source]
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
There has been no record loss in Pope County. For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses
Places/Localities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
Appleton · Atkins · Boiling Springs · Caglesville · Diamond · Dover · Freeman Springs · Gabriel Glass Village · Granny's Gap · Gravel Hill · Gunter Mountain · Hector · Leta · Lost Corner · London · Moccasin Gap · Moreland Point · Remove Creek · Pottsville · Pisgah · Rock Springs · Russellville · Scottsvile · Treat · Walnut Grove
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]
Research Guides[edit | edit source]
African Americans[edit | edit source]
Bible Records[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
Census[edit | edit source]
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Court[edit | edit source]
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
- Family biographies from The History of Pope County, Arkansas (1891) published by Southern Publishing Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
History Timeline[edit | edit source]
Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Arkansas County - The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture 
Maps[edit | edit source]
- Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)
- Family Maps of Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- Map of 1898 Pope County, Arkansas with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)
Military[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
Regiments. Service men in Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy:
- - 1st Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Confederate), Companies F and G
- - 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Company B
- - 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate), 1st Company E
- - 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company E 
- - 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- - 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union), Companies A, B, D, H, I, and L
Naturalization[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pope newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Places Search).
- Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Fayetteville Daily Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Daily Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Northwest Arkansas Times at Ancestry.com ($)
- Courier Times at Ancestry.com ($)
Occupations[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
- Probate Records 1830-1978 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
- Includes Executor bonds and letters 1870-1926; Guardian bonds and letters 1857-1882; Probate record index 1860-1900; Probate records 1844-1892; Will index 1830-1978.
Taxation[edit | edit source]
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records
Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
- 1830-1952 - Pope County Marriage Books A-Z and AA Index 1830-1952 in Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1830-1922 - Pope County Marriage Books A-M Index 1830-1922 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
Death[edit | edit source]
Vital Record Substitutes[edit | edit source]
Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
- Introduction to Family History Centers
- Russellville Arkansas Family History Center 200 South Cumberland, Russellville AR 72801-4663 USA
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Pope County, AR History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Arkansas Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Arkansas Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
References[edit | edit source]
- The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.
- Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 FHL book 976.7 M2ba
- Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
- FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.