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Pickens County Alabama History and Profile:

Pickens County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of 2000, the population was 20,949. Its county seat is Carrollton, and it is a prohibition, or dry county.

Pickens County was established on December 20, 1820, and named for revolutionary war hero General Andrew Pickens of South Carolina. The county seat was relocated from Pickensville to Carrollton in 1830. The first courthouse in Carrollton was burned on April 5, 1865, by troops of Union General John T. Croxton. A second courthouse was also destroyed by fire on November 16, 1876. Though arson was suspected, no arrest was made until January 1878, when Henry Wells, an African American with some criminal history was arrested and locked in the garett of the new building, which had been erected in 1877. According to legend, Wells was peering down from the north garett window as a mob gathered to hang him. A bolt of lightning struck nearby and “etched” Wells’ anguished face into the window glass. A vague image resembling a face can still be seen in that lower right-hand pane of that window.

On April 8, 1998, a supercell thunderstorm produced an F3 tornado in Pickens County. This windstorm injured two people and damaged five homes including mobile homes. It rotated seventeen miles (27 km) from Holman to north of Northport. Twenty-four homes and thirteen mobile homes were also in destruction. Moments later, that same supercell thunderstorm produced an F5 tornado struck northeastern Tuscaloosa near the Black Warrior River before entering western Jefferson County where it destroyed Oak Grove High School and killed thirty-two people in its path.

Pickens County is home to the Aliceville Museum and Cultural Center which houses artifacts from the Aliceville WWII POW camp. The county also contains Aliceville Lake and part of the Tombigbee River.

Source: WIkipedia.

Cities and Towns of Pickens County, Alabama:

* Aliceville
* Carrollton
* Ethelsville
* Gordo
* Macedonia
* McMullen
* Memphis
* Pickensville
* Reform
* McShan, Alabama


Pickens County Government

Aliceville Public Library
416 Third Avenue Ne
Aliceville, AL 35442

Carrollton Public Library
225 Commerce Ave (Po Box 92)
Carrollton, AL 35447

Gordo Public Library
287 Main Street S.
Gordo, AL 35466

Reform Public Library
302 1 St Street South
Reform, AL 35481

Pickens County Historic Places

Aliceville Elementary and High School
Parks E. Ball House
Hugh Wilson Hill House
MONTGOMERY (snagboat)
Old Jail (Gordo)
Pickens County Courthouse
Stewart-Blanton House

Pickens County Genealogy Resources

Pickens County Alabama USGenWeb Project Site

Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society
Covering the Counties of Alabama’s Black Belt Region–Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox

Pickens County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Pickens County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger however. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.


1830 Federal Census Transcription

1850 Federal Census Index & Transcription

1880 Federal Census Transcription

Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in Pickens County

Pickens County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

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