Pickens County, Alabama Genealogy

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Guide to Pike County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Pickens County, Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 19, 1820
County Seat Carrollton
Pickens County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Address Pickens County, Alabama
PO Box 460
Carrollton, Al 35447
Phone: 205-367-2020
County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Pickens County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1903 1876 1903 1876 1876 1876 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Probate Judge has marriage probate and land records from 1876
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the revolutionary war hero General Andrew Pickens of South Carolina. The County has Carrollton as its seat and the County was created December 20, 1820. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1820--Pickens County was created 19 December 1820 from Tuscaloosa County.
County seat: Carrollton [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


Pickens County had destructive courthouse fires in 1864, and 1876. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 28 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[5]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Archer
  • Beards Mill
  • Beaver Town
  • Benevola
  • Bethlehem
  • Bostic
  • Bridgeville
  • Carloss
  • Coal Fire
  • Cochrane
  • Cunningham
  • Dancy
  • Delma
  • Dillburg
  • Hickory
  • Kirk
  • Lathrop
  • Liberty
  • Lois Spring
  • Lubbub
  • McShan
  • Melrose
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]


Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies, census records, church records, Civil War records, Indians, Revolutionary War soldiers, and War of 1812 soldiers are covered in:

  • McGuire, Mrs. C.P. Records of Pickens County, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Willo Publishing Company, n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library - free.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Pickens, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Pickens county cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Pickens County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Template:AL History Intro

  • Elliott, Carl. Annals of Northwest Alabama: Including a Reprint of Nelson F. Smith's History of Pickens County, Ala. (1856). Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Priv. print., 1958. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Pickens County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Pickens County.

- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company H
- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H "Pickens County Guards"
- 19th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A (Pickens Rough and Readys)
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C "Dixie Boys"
- 25th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 40th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and G
- 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B, C, D, I and K
- 42nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and D

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Alabama Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pickens County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Pickens County is in District 2.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online $.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1822, 1867, 1876-1901, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1876-1900 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.

Death Records[edit | edit source]
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.
  • 1920-1942 - Pickens County Death Index 1920-1942. Batch B593405 at FamilySearch - free.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Pickens County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 38
Gordo, AL

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Pickens County Cooperative Library
Old Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 489
Carrollton, Alabama 35447
Telephone: 205-367-8407
Includes the following libraries:

Aliceville Public Library
416 Third Avenue NE
Aliceville, Alabama 35442
Telephone: 205-373-6691
Carrollton Public Library
225 Commerce Avenue
P. O. Box 92
Carrollton, Alabama 35447
Telephone: 205-367-2142
Reform Public Library
302 1st Street South
P. O. Box 819
Reform, Alabama 35481
Telephone: 205-375-6240
Ruth Holliman Public Library
287 Main Street South
Gordo, Alabama
Telephone: 205-364-7148

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Family History Centre Locator

Websites[edit | edit source]

Betty's World Genealogical information on Betty's Families of Abney, Boxley, Bradberry, Breazeale, Brown, Carter, Middleton, Norman, Pickens, Phillips, Stone, Summers, Tinsley, Wade, Wills/Wells, and General Andrew Pickens.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pickens County, Alabama. Page 37 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 33.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pickens County p. 39. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Pickens County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/pickens/ 6/26/2017.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 28. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Pickens County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickens_County,_Alabama, accessed 25 October 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.