Pickens County, Alabama was formed 19 December 1820 from its parent county, Tuscaloosa County. Prior to 1819, look for family history records in Tuscaloosa County.

Neighboring counties currently include Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa County in Alabama and Lowndes and Noxubee Counties in Mississippi.

There are several histories and related biographies available for Pickens County, Alabama and a four-volume history of Alabama including Pickens County:

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County Histories

In the United States, states are generally subdivided into counties and then cities or towns. There are more than 3,000 counties across the United States and some counties were formed from other pre-existing counties. Vital records, land records, tax records, and voting records are some records potentially kept at the county level. Many county histories include the history of the area, the early inhabitants and notable people, early officers and representatives, military service, the geology, roads, and waterways and more. County histories can provide valuable information about our ancestors and the information may include women, for whom records are often more difficult to obtain.

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