Genealogy & History Network

Welcome to Pickens County, Alabama Genealogy & History Network. Our purpose is to provide free resources for genealogical and historical researchers. To share your Pickens County, Alabama genealogy or history information, send an email to alghn@outlook.com – we will be pleased to include it here. If you have information to share for other Alabama Counties, visit the Alabama Genealogy & History Network and go to the appropriate county.

The recorded history of Alabama began when Spanish explorers in the 16th century became the first Europeans to reach this area. The expedition of Hernando de Soto passed through Mabila and other parts of the state in 1540. More than 160 years later, the French founded the first European settlement in the region at Old Mobile in 1702. The city was moved to the current site of Mobile in 1711. This area was claimed by the French from 1702 to 1763 as part of La Louisiane. After the French lost the Seven Years’ War, it became part of British West Florida from 1763 to 1783.