Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Guide to Pope County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Pope County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Pope County
Location in the state of Arkansas, United States Genealogy
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 2, 1829
County Seat Russellville
Courthouse
Address Pope County Courthouse
100 W Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: 501.968.6064


County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Pope County Courthouse
100 W Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: 501.968.6064


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. [1]

  1. 1829-1830 -- A temporary county seat was established at the home of John Balinger on the Arkansas River.
  2. 1830 -- The county seat was established at old Norristown.  No county buildings were built there.
  3. 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. 
  4. After the log Courthouse burned, court was held in churches until a brick Courthouse was constructed on the Dover town square.
  5. 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.
Beginning years for Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1830 1965 1857 1828 1844
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1829--Pope County was created 2 November 1829 from Crawford County.  County seat: Russellville [3]

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]

Conway  • Johnson  • Logan  • Newton  • Searcy  • Van Buren  • Yell {{}}

Template:ARPope, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors

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]

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 [1]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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 [4]
- 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[5], 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:


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]
Death[edit | edit source]
Vital Record Substitutes[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.
  2. 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.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 FHL book 976.7 M2ba
  5. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  6. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.
  7. 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.