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Pope County, Illinois
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Pope County, Illinois Facts

Pope County

When was Pope County, IL Created?
Pope County was established on January 10, 1816 from Gallatin County and Johnson County. This county was named for Nathaniel Pope (1784-1850), early Delegate from Illinois Territory to Congress and judge on the United States District Court for the District of Illinois .

What is the County Seat of Pope County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Golconda (prior county seats was Sarahsville [Name changed to Golconda on June 24, 1817] from 1816–1817) also, the county government website is unkown .

What counties are adjacent to Pope County, IL?
Bordering Counties are   Saline County (north), Hardin County (east), Livingston County, Kentucky (east), Massac County (west), Johnson County (west), Williamson County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Pope County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Eddyville, Golconda

What Townships and Precincts are in Pope County, IL?
Townships located in the County include  Alexander, Columbus, Eddyville, Golconda, Grand Pierre, Jackson, Jefferson, Logan, Monroe, Polk, Union, Washington, Webster.

Pope County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Pope County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Pope County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Pope County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Pope County, IL Census Records

What Pope County, IL 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 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Pope Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Pope Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Pope Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Pope County, IL 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 Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Pope County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 216, Golconda, IL 62938
  • Pope County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 618-683-4466
    • Marriage Records: 1813
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1816
  • Pope County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 618-683-3941
    • Probate Records: 1816
    • Court Records: 1817
  • Pope County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Pope County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Pope County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Pope County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

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Pope Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pope Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

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Pope Co. IL General and History Websites

Pope Co. IL Military Records

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