Pickens County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Courthouse

Probate Judge has marriage probate and land records from 1876
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records [1]


Parent County

1820--Pickens County was created 19 December 1820 from Tuscaloosa County.
County seat: Carrollton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1876 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Burned Counties Research



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


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 Books Online - free.



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

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

Local Histories

  • 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 ($).



Civil War

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


Probate Records

  • Index to the Earliest Wills and Estates of Pickens County, Alabama. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


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

Vital Records

  • 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 – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); 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.[3]

Societies and Libraries


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

Web Sites

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.


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.