Pickens County was created
by the Alabama Legislature on December 19, 1819, out of Tuscaloosa
County. It was named for General Andrew Pickens of South Carolina,
a hero of the Revolution. The first county seat was established
at Picken's Courthouse (later called Pickens and Pickensville)
and moved to Carrollton in 1830. Neighboring Counties include
Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter and Tuscaloosa in Alabama and
Lowndes and Noxubee counties in Mississippi.
The Pickens County Genealogical
Society was organized March 26, 1979, by a group of people interested
in genealogy and local history of Pickens County, Alabama.
The charter members were:
Betty Junkin, George Zeanah, Harold Wilson, Doug Sanders, Jr.,
Kathleen Brown, Mrs. Lon Alexander, Inez Poe, Eugenia Fair, Robert
Sibley, Joan Sibley, Alma Caldweld and Sally Kabrick.
Membership is small, but monthly
meetings are held regularly. The society has published a lineage
chart book and a cemetery census of all white cemeteries in Pickens
County in 1983. The library is housed in the Old Gordo Jail (the
first Gordo City Hall building). The building itself is on the
National Register of Historical Places, having been erected in
1914. All genealogical and historical material is available concerning
Pickens County in the genealogy library.
The mailing address for the
Pickens County, AL. Genealogical Society is: 350 Springfield
Rd., Gordo, AL 35466.
Monthly meetings of the Society
are held at the Genealogical Library at 1:00 p.m. the first Thursday
of each month.