Pickens County, Alabama
Genealogy and Facts

Pickens County was created on Dec. 20, 1820 as Picken's County, and was formed from Tuscaloosa County. The boundaries were changed several times between 1820 and 1866 when its present boundaries were fixed. This particular county was named in honor of Andrew Pickens (1739–1817) of South Carolina, General in the Revolutionary War.

The county seat was established at Picken's Courthouse (later called Pickens and Pickensville) and moved to Carrollton in 1830 and in addition the county government website is http://www.alabama.gov/

Locations adjacent Pickens County happen to be Lamar County (North), Fayette County (Northeast), Tuscaloosa County (East), Greene County (Southeast), Sumter County (South), Noxubee County, Mississippi (Southwest), Lowndes County, Mississippi (West).

Cities and towns found in Pickens County consist of Aliceville, Carrollton, Ethelsville, Gordo, Macedonia, McMullen, Memphis, Pickensville, Reform, McShan.

Pickens County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Pickens County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail. You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

Pickens County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Pickens Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Pickens Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Pickens Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Pickens Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. Two State censuses for confederate veterans exist for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Pickens County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Pickens County Courthouse and Government Records


Pickens County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Pickens County court, probate, and land documents as a source of genealogy and family history details.

Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Alabama people.


Old Pickens County Courthouse

The odds are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Pickens County court records.

Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

There was record loss due to a courthouse fire in 1864 and 1876, all records destroyed. The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Pickens County. The years pointed out below could be the first widely known documents in this county.

Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
  • Pickens County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: P.O. Box 370, Carrollton, AL 35447
    • Phone: (205) 367-2010
    • Court Records: 1876
    • 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 Alabama Department of Public Health)
  • Pickens County Clerk of Probate Court maintains following records in the probate office: Plats, Maps, Judgments, Liens, Deeds, Mortgages, Corporations, Lis pendens, Marriage licenses, Military discharges. The Probate Judge presides over all probate court hearings for Probate of Wills, Administrations, Conservators, Guardianships, Adoptions, Legitimations, Name changes, Condemnations, Mental Commitment hearings, and performs marriage ceremonies.
    • Address: P.O. Box 370, Carrollton, AL 35447, Phone
    • Phone: (205) 367-2010
    • Marriage Records: 1876 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1876
    • Land Records: 1876
  • Pickens County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
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  • Pickens County Health Department has Birth Records from 1903 , Death records from 1903. 

Pickens County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Pickens County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own favorite Pickens County genealogy or family history related sites.

Pickens Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pickens Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Pickens Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Pickens Co. AL Census Records

Pickens Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Pickens Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Pickens Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pickens Co. AL General and History Websites

Pickens Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Pickens Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pickens Co. AL Military Records

Pickens Co. AL Schools & Directories

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