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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|
Location in the state of Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||November 2, 1829|
|Address|| Pope County Courthouse|
100 W Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801
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.
See an interactive map of Pope County boundary changes.
There has been no record loss in Pope County.
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
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Arkansas denominations, view the Arkansas Church Records wiki page.
Land and Property
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Arkansas Land and Property for additional information about early Arkansas land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Local histories are available for Pope County, Arkansas. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.
- Family Maps of Pope County, Arkansas (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- Men from this county served in the 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union), and the 31st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company E.
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pope County, Arkansas newspapers in online catalogs like:
Probate records of Arkansas have been kept by the probate or county courts. You can obtain copies of the original records by contacting the clerk's office in the county courthouse.
The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many Arkansas probate records. See Arkansas Probate Records for more information about Probate records in Arkansas, including statewide indexes.
Arkansas tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years for some counties. For more information see Arkansas Taxation.
Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arkansas Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Arkansas Vital Records Online and Arkansas Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.
- 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.
Vital Record Substitutes
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Russellville Arkansas Family History Center 200 South Cumberland, Russellville AR 72801-4663 USA
- 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)
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
- ↑ Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 FHL book 976.7 M2ba
- ↑ 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.
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