In September, I visited the Pope County, Illinois to research my Weeks ancestors – 4th great-grandparents, James and Delinda Younger Weeks, and 5th great-grandfather, Job Weeks.
Pope County Courthouse in Golconda, Illinois
If you are planning a visit, there are a few things you should know. Researchers are not allowed in the records. They have finding aids in the public area of the clerks office. Once you locate something you want to see, the staff will pull it and make any copies you want.
The courthouse closes between noon and 1 p.m. for lunch. I grabbed a quick lunch and spent the rest of the time in the public library using the same finding aids that were in the clerks office to identify records I needed pulled that afternoon.
The view of Livingston County, Kentucky across the Ohio River from Golconda. Various members of the Weeks family moved back and forth between Pope County and Livingston County. Birdsville, the area in Livingston County where they lived, was just a few miles south of this spot directly across the river from Golconda.