Pope County, Illinois Genealogy

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Pope County, Illinois
Boundary map of Pope County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 10, 1816
County Seat Golconda
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


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Pope County Organization

Pope County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Pope County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

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

Nathaniel Pope.jpg
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



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  


Historical populations
Census Pop.
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

Presbyterian Church Records

  • 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 version at Ancestry ($).[2]

Court Records


  • 1886–1920 Bear, Elizabeth Woodworth and Saline county Genealogical Society. Justice docket, Pope County, 1886-1920. [Harrisburg, Illinois] : Saline County Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1994.Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.3991 P2b

Copies of original records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


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


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


  • 1811–1850 Winget, Judith L., Saline County Genealogical Society, and Jennifer L. Spohn. Pope County, Illinois deed book, 1811 to 1850. Harrisburg, Illinois: Saline County Genealogical Society (Illinois), [19--]. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.3991 R2p
  • Early 1900s Nelson, Ronald L. A Record of land owners in Pope County, Illinois in the early 1900's: plat maps with more than 2,000 listings. Elizabethtown, Illinois: Ronald L. Nelson, 1979. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.3991 E7r

Copies of original 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.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.


Newspapers and Obituaries


Probate Records


Copies of original records


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)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online


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


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 IRAD Wiki page.


Copies of Original Birth Records


Abstracts of Marriage Records

  • 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.] : Saline County Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1984. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.399 V2w

Copies of original Marriage Records


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


  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 ($).