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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

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

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News Related to Pickens County, AL

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Driver dies after Pickens County school bus accident –
Driver dies after Pickens County school bus accident
A driver in the Pickens County school bus crash that injured more than a dozen people has died, an Alabama State Trooper representative said Saturday. Sharon Hood, a 58-year-old from Ethelsville, died just after midnight at UAB hospital. Hood was …
Pickens County school bus crash injures 16Alabama’s News Leader
School bus driver dies after serious accident in Pickens CountyWIAT 42
Bus Accident Injured Multiple People in Pickens CountyWTOK
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Pickens County school bus driver dies from injuries related to accident – WVTM13

Pickens County school bus driver dies from injuries related to accident
Pickens County Superintendent Jamie Chapman said students from an elementary and high school were on the bus. A total of 14 students were sent to the hospital Friday, and only one remains at Children's hospital Monday with non-life-threatening injuries.
Pickens County Schools offers counseling for students after bus driver's deathWTVM
Funeral set for Pickens County school bus driver killed in crashTuscaloosa News (subscription)
Pickens Co. copes with bus driver deathThe Commercial Dispatch
Tuscaloosa Magazine
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How a prison made rural Alabama area one of America’s fastest-growing counties –
How a prison made rural Alabama area one of America's fastest-growing counties
When the Federal Correctional Institute in Aliceville opened in 2013, the inmates it brought made Pickens County one the nation's fastest-growing counties. Other than the prisoners, the county has been losing population. (Photo courtesy Yates

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Soggy weather prompts river flood warnings in West AL – FOX6 WBRC –

Soggy weather prompts river flood warnings in West AL
Radar estimated a whopping 4.60” of rain in Aliceville located in southern Pickens County. RIVER FLOODING: The very high rain amounts over West Alabama have prompted river flood warnings for the Black Warrior at Selden Lock and Dam and the …

Reform school bus crash causes multiple injuries – WIAT 42

Reform school bus crash causes multiple injuries
Jamie Chapman of the Pickens County School Board said she is thanking first responders and local law enforcement for the phenomenal job they did, and they are now asking the community to be in prayer for the students and families of those affected.

Meteor detected over Alabama, NASA confirms –
Meteor detected over Alabama, NASA confirms
… was recorded over Alabama at about 1:15 a.m. by NASA cameras in Huntsville and in Tullahoma, Tenn., Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA confirmed to news partner WHNT News 19. The meteor was recorded 45 miles above Carrollton in Pickens County, …

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