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Pope County, Arkansas Facts

When was Pope County, AR Created?
Pope County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Pope County, AR?
The County Seat is located 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 www.popecountyar.com/

What counties are adjacent to Pope County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Newton County (northwest), Searcy County & Van Buren County (northeast), Conway County (southeast), Yell County (south), Logan County (southwest), Johnson County (west)..

What cities and towns are in Pope County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Atkins, Dover, Hector, London, Pottsville, Russellville.


Pope County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Pope County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Pope County vital records can be found at 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, AR Census Records

What Pope County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Pope County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide


Pope County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Pope County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Pope County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Pope County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 100 West Main Street, Russellville 72801; (479) 968-7487, unless otherwise noted. 

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Pope County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Pope County, AR?
A list of Pope County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Arkansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Pope County, AR Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Pope County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

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Pope Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

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