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Guide to '''Pope County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== Pope County Organization  ==
 
== Pope County Organization  ==
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Pope County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Pope County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Nathaniel Pope.jpg|thumb|right|200px]] Pope County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Pope Nathaniel Pope] who was the first Territorial Secretary of State.  
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[[Image:Nathaniel Pope.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Nathaniel Pope.jpg]] Pope County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Pope Nathaniel Pope] who was the first Territorial Secretary of State.  
  
 
=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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A chapter on Pope County, Illinois church history appears in a local history, available [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29298 online] at Ancestry.com ($), beginning on page 27.
  
 
==== Baptist<br>  ====
 
==== Baptist<br>  ====
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*Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. ''Minutes of Meetings and Lists of Members, 1864-1972''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|459389|item|disp=FHL Film 986485}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/123439533 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]<br>  
 
*Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. ''Minutes of Meetings and Lists of Members, 1864-1972''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|459389|item|disp=FHL Film 986485}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/123439533 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]<br>  
 
*Brownfield Baptist Church. ''Record, 1860-1952''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|461469|item|disp=FHL Film 965608 Item 1}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/137263322 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]<br>  
 
*Brownfield Baptist Church. ''Record, 1860-1952''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|461469|item|disp=FHL Film 965608 Item 1}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/137263322 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]<br>  
*''History of Dixon Springs Baptist Church: Compiled for the Homecoming, September 10, 2000''. 2000. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/46613851 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*[http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/FamHist-Pope.html Church and Family History Research Assistance for Primitive Baptist Churches in Pope County, Illinois]
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*''History of Dixon Springs Baptist Church: Compiled for the Homecoming, September 10, 2000''. 2000. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/46613851 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]  
 
*United Baptist Church (New Liberty, Ill.). ''Church Records, 1896-1957''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|461465|item|disp=FHL Film 965609 Item 19}}.<br>
 
*United Baptist Church (New Liberty, Ill.). ''Church Records, 1896-1957''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|461465|item|disp=FHL Film 965609 Item 19}}.<br>
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==== Disciples of Christ  ====
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*[http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofdiscipl00hayn#page/362/mode/2up ''History of the Disciples of Christ in Illinois''], Pope County section begins on page 363, courtesy: Internet Archive.
  
 
==== Methodist  ====
 
==== Methodist  ====
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*Bannon, Marie et al. ''Pope County, Illinois, Genealogical Materials''. Includes information about the First Presbyterian Church (Golconda, Ill.). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25821178 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
 
*Bannon, Marie et al. ''Pope County, Illinois, Genealogical Materials''. Includes information about the First Presbyterian Church (Golconda, Ill.). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25821178 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
  
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=== Court Records  ===
 
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*'''[Glass]''' Young, John C. ''Descendants of Francis and James Glass of Pope County, Illinois''. Marissa, Ill.: n.p., 1975. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28458 Ancestry] ($).
 
*'''[Glass]''' Young, John C. ''Descendants of Francis and James Glass of Pope County, Illinois''. Marissa, Ill.: n.p., 1975. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28458 Ancestry] ($).
  
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.  
:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/pope_map.html Pope County Federal Township Plats]
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/pope_map.html Pope County Federal Township Plats]
  
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=== Maps  ===
 
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=== Military Records  ===
 
=== Military Records  ===
  
*'''Civil War''' Civil War service men from Pope County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Pope County.
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Civil War service men from Pope County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Pope County.  
  
:- [[29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F  
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:- [[6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies A, B, and G.
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:- [[29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.
 
:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.<br>  
 
:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.<br>  
:- [[60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H. <br>
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:- [[60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H. <br>  
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:- [[120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and E.
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:- [[131st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|131st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, B, and H.
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:- [[136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Companies I and K.
  
:*'''1861–1865''' Militia roll record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for Pope records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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*'''1861–1865''' Militia roll record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for Pope records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
  
Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.  
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.  
  
 
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Pope County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Pope County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Pope County are kept, see the [[Pope County, Illinois Courthouse|Pope County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Pope County are kept, see the [[Pope County, Illinois Courthouse|Pope County Courthouse]] page.  
  
==== Family History Center ====
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
  
[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]] is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. [[IRAD_-_Southern_Illinois_University|Southern Illinois University]] houses the records for Pope County.
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[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]] is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|Southern Illinois University]] houses the records for Pope County.  
  
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=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
  
 
=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
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[http://pope.ilgenweb.net/pchs.htm '''Pope County Historical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 837<br>Golconda, IL 62938<br>618-683-3050
  
 
'''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''' has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.  
 
'''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''' has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.  
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
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:*'''1826–1845''' Winget, Judy Walley. ''Williamson County, Illinois marriages, 1839 to 1853 and 1865; Pope County, Illinois marriages, 1826 to 1845; Johnson County, Illinois marriages, 1857 to 1860.'' [S.l.]&nbsp;: Saline County Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1984. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17550346 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|496178|item|disp=FHL book 977.399 V2w}}  
 
:*'''1826–1845''' Winget, Judy Walley. ''Williamson County, Illinois marriages, 1839 to 1853 and 1865; Pope County, Illinois marriages, 1826 to 1845; Johnson County, Illinois marriages, 1857 to 1860.'' [S.l.]&nbsp;: Saline County Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1984. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17550346 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|496178|item|disp=FHL book 977.399 V2w}}  
 
:*[http://pope.ilgenweb.net/mge1.htm Pope County Marriage Records], available online, courtesy: ILGenWeb  
 
:*[http://pope.ilgenweb.net/mge1.htm Pope County Marriage Records], available online, courtesy: ILGenWeb  
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/il/pope/vitals/marriages/popemarr.html Pope County Marriage Records], available online, courtesy: UsGenWeb
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/pope/vitals/marriages/popemarr.html Pope County Marriage Records], available online, courtesy: UsGenWeb
  
 
'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''  
 
'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''  
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.Randolph&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885]found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.Randolph&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885]found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
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''To see a list of places in Pope County, click on [Show], in the bar above.''' The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.  
 
''To see a list of places in Pope County, click on [Show], in the bar above.''' The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.  
  
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Guide to Pope County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Pope County, Illinois
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Boundary map of Pope County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 10, 1816
County Seat Golconda
Courthouse
Pope County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Pope County Courthouse
P.O. Box 216
Golconda, Illinois 62938
(618) 683-4466
Pope County Website

Contents

Pope County Organization

Pope County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Pope County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1813
1877
1820
1816
1816

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Pope County are kept, see the Pope County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

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Pope County is named for Nathaniel Pope who was the first Territorial Secretary of State.

Parent County

  • 1816--Pope County was created 10 January 1816 from Gallatin and Johnson Counties.County seat:Golconda [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Pope County boundary changes.

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Pope County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  
  ILGenWeb  
  USGenWeb Archives Illinois  

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190013,585
191011,215−17.4%
19209,625−14.2%
19307,996−16.9%
19407,9990%
19505,779−27.8%
19604,061−29.7%
19703,857−5.0%
19804,40414.2%
19904,373−0.7%
20004,4130.9%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Pope County on page 187.]

Church Records

A chapter on Pope County, Illinois church history appears in a local history, available online at Ancestry.com ($), beginning on page 27.

Baptist

Disciples of Christ

Methodist

  • Blatter, Robert K. The History of Waltersburg: The Peaceful Nineteenth Century Invasion of Pope County in Southern Illinois. 1998. FHL Book 977.3991/W1 D2b. Includes membership list (1860-1899) & baptisms (1881-1914, 1953) for a church which is referred to as the Waltersburg Methodist Church, Waltersburg German Methodist Church & the Immanuel Church.
  • Zion Methodist Episcopal Church. A History of the Church and Cemeteries with a Directory of Cemeteries at Zion, Pope County, Illinois. 1978. FHL Book 977.3991 K2h. FHL Book 977.3991 K2h.

Presbyterian

  • Michael Hillegan Chapter D.A.R. (Harrisburg, Ill.). Church Records Presbyterian Church of Golconda, Pope County, Illinois Founded 1819. Reputed to be the Oldest Presbyterian Church in Illinois. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); ILGenWeb (baptisms); ILGenWeb (deaths).[2] FHL Book 977.3991 V2d.
  • History of the First Presbyterian Church, Golconda, Illinois. Golconda, Ill.: The Session of the Church, 1937. FHL Film 965608 Item 2.
  • Thompson, Mrs. Scerial et al. Records of Presbyterian Church of Golconda, Pope County, Illinois. FHL Film 964988 Item 3. Baptisms, 1818-1937 -- Session book containing members admitted, dismissed, died, 1824-1911 -- Marriages, 1911-1935 -- List of pastors, 1819-1932.
  • Bannon, Marie et al. Pope County, Illinois, Genealogical Materials. Includes information about the First Presbyterian Church (Golconda, Ill.). WorldCat (Other Libraries)


Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Pope County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

Copies of original records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

  • [Glass] Young, John C. Descendants of Francis and James Glass of Pope County, Illinois. Marissa, Ill.: n.p., 1975. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


History

Local Histories

  • Allen, John W. Pope County Notes. Carbondale, Ill.: Museum of Natural and Social Sciences, Southern Illinois University, 1949. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Pope County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Abstracts

Copies of original records

Maps

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Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Pope County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Pope County.

- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies A, B, and G.
- 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and E.
- 131st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, and H.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies I and K.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Pope County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1820–1859 Naturalization declarations of intent IRAD (SIU)
  • 1864–1894 Naturalization record IRAD (SIU)
  • 1868–1886 Naturalization record of soldiers and minors IRAD (SIU)
  • 1888–1898 Naturalization record IRAD (SIU)

Newspapers and Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Pope County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1819-1888 An unspecified number of Illinois, Probate Records are available at the Family Search Records online database. The collection does not have an every name index, but the images are available to browse and may often have indexes contained within each volume.

Abstracts

Copies of Original Records

Repositories

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Pope County are kept, see the Pope County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Southern Illinois University houses the records for Pope County.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Pope County Historical Society
P.O. Box 837
Golconda, IL 62938
618-683-3050

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Pope County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Pope County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Births:

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriages:

Online Resources

Abstracts of Marriage Records

Copies of original Marriage Records

Deaths:

Online Resources

Abstracts of Death Records

Copies of original Death Records

Places / Localities

To see a list of places in Pope County, click on [Show], in the bar above.' The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.


Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($).