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Pope County, Arkansas

Pope County was created on November 2, 1829 and was formed from Crawford County. Parts of Pope County was used to form the following counties: Johnson 1833, Logan County 1871, Scott County 1833, Van Buren 1833, Yell 1844. Other county boundry changes occured when Part annexed to Yell 5 January 1853, part annexed from Conway 6 January 1853, line with Newton defined 17 February 1859, with Johnson 19 October 1859 and 27 March 1871, with Conway 28 May 1874, with Johnson re-established 6 March 1875, changed with Johnson 9 March 1877. The county was named in honor of John Pope (1770-1845), a governor of the Arkansas Territory.

Currently the Pope County Seat can be found in  Russellville (the county seat was at Scotia in 1830, moved to Dwight Mission, then to Norristown on the Arkansas River (no longer exists), Dover in 1841, and finally Russellville in 1887) and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Pope County happen to be Newton County (northwest), Searcy County & Van Buren County (northeast), Conway County (southeast), Yell County (south), Logan County (southwest), Johnson County (west)..

Cities and towns located in Pope County consist of Atkins, Dover, Hector, London, Pottsville, Russellville.

Pope County vital records can be obtained from the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Pope County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Pope County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Pope Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Pope County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Pope Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Pope Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Pope Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Pope Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Pope County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Pope County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Pope County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Pope County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Pope County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Pope County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 100 West Main Street, Russellville 72801; (479) 968-7487, unless otherwise noted. Records complete and in "a fairly good state of preservation.

  • Pope County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Pope county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Pope County. They are also the ex-officio Pope county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Pope county.
    • Phone: (479) 968-7499
    • Court Records: 1844
    • Land Records: 1828
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Pope County Clerk, as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Pope county.
    • Phone: (479) 968-6064
    • Marriage Records: 1830 
    • Probate Records: 1857
  • Pope County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 968-7418

Pope County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Pope County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Pope County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Pope Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pope Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Pope Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Pope Co. AR Census Records

Pope Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Pope Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Pope Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pope Co. AR General and History Websites

Pope Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Pope Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pope Co. AR Military Records

Pope Co. AR Schools & Directories

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