Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy

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United States
Arkansas
Pope County
 

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

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County Facts
County seat: Russellville
Organized: November 2, 1829
Parent County(s): Crawford
Neighboring Counties
Conway  • Johnson  • Logan  • Newton  • Searcy  • Van Buren  • Yell
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

County Courthouse

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

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]

Pope County, Arkansas

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1830 1965 1857 1828 1844
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

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

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.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Pope County, Arkansas:

  • 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

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Pope County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [4]

  • 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. 
  • 1840 -- After the log Courthouse burned, court was held in churches until a brick Courthouse was constructed on the Dover town square.
  • 1888, May 16 -- 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.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Pope County, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Arkansas Gravestones enter a name and click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1830-1978 County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: 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.

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

  • Pope County Historical Association. History Book Committee. History of Pope County, Arkansas. Winston-Salem, North Carolina : Jostens, c1981-1999.
  • Lemley, J. B..Pope County historical articles. Russellville, Arkansas : J.B. Lemley, 198-?.

Maps and Gazetteers

Click on a neighboring county to go to the wiki page.
Pope CountyMadison CountyNewton CountySearcy CountyConway CountyFaulkner CountyVan Buren CountyStone CountyPerry CountyYell CountyScott CountyLogan CountyJohnson CountyFranklin CountyARPope.JPG

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Pope County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 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 [5]
- 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company H
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)[6], Companies A, B, D, H, I, and L

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pope County, Arkansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

River Valley Genealogy Society Researchers interested in CONWAY, FAULKNER, PERRY, POPE, YELL AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.
Farm Bureau Building
201 E. Shady Lane
Morrilton, Arkansas

Websites

  • ARGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb resources. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  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. Caty Henderson, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=801&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 15, 2016), “Pope County.”
  5. Ronald R. Bass, History of the Thirty-first Arkansas Confederate Infantry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996), p. 12 FHL book 976.7 M2ba
  6. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), p. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  7. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  8. 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.