Douglas County 2021 Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, December 2, 6:30 p.m
Douglas County Courthouse
8700 Hospital Drive

District Two

Our goal, here on our web site, is to provide you with information about our society and its activities, as well as information about events and activities in the County.  We also would like to encourage you to join our society, and especially so, if your family tree has connections to Douglas County or its predecessor, Campbell County.

We hope to encourage you to get involved with your own genealogy.  It would really be best to get started while you are still young and energetic, but before all the people who actually know (the elders of your family) are gone forever.

Baby and Laptop
Well, maybe not that young!

We have seen far too many take an interest in genealogy later in life and then lament - "Oh, if only I had asked aunt/uncle/grandma/grandpa so-and-so about this before they passed away!  They would know!"  And thus begins the long trek through courthouses and libraries.

At this site, you will learn about our History, Projects, Accomplishments, People and Schedule (below).  Feel free to browse around and explore our web site.  We believe that you will find some interesting (perhaps even fascinating) and fun to browse material.  We have a few OnLine Resources to help you with your Douglas County research, with more coming in the future.  We also have the society's landmark accomplishment, the Heritage Book of Douglas County, for sale.

If you have comments or questions about any of our products or services, or simply need more information, you may contact us by sending an e-mail to the Society President, anytime, and you will be placed in contact with the Society member most qualified to assist you.  If you have comments or questions about the web site, in particular, please email the Web Master.

We have attempted to ensure that, mostly, any short term interest stuff (any pages without the normal menu seen at left) open in a new tab or window so you can just close it when you are finished.

Come back often.  The site is always changing, as you can see from the Page Last Updated notification at the bottom of each page.  Thank you for visiting and we look forward to assisting you in your quest.

And now for the interesting stuff.  Continue on down the page for coming events of interest followed by all the latest news on society happenings.

Next Meeting:

Annual Christmas Dinner, date and time uncertain at present.
See explanation under Next Program, below.

Location undetermined at present.
See explanation under Next Program, below.

Last Program:

The last program ((November 18th) was primarily the election of officers.  The new officers, who will serve for the next two years and will be taking office in January, are:

President: Roger Smith
Vice-president: Bob James
Secretary: Nancy McLendon
Treasurer: Gwen Thigpen

The vote would have been unanimous for all candidates, except Roger refused to vote for himself.

The election was followed by a replay of a program on "Wills and What They Can Tell You," by Elaine Steere, which had been created for, and presented to, another organization.

Next Program:

The next program (scheduled for December 16th) will be our annual Christmas Dinner.  We are making some changes this year.  Some members have expressed concerns about driving at night so we are considering a lunch rather than a dinner.  This creates a problem for those still working, so we are also planning to move it from the traditional third Thursday to a Saturday or Sunday.  Once arrangements are complete, everyone will be notified by email and the information posted here.

Regular Meeting Schedule:

The Douglas County Genealogical Society meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, except for the November and December meetings, which are held on the 3rd Thursday of the the month, to avoid interfering with holidays and family get-to-gathers around the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

The regular meetings begin at 6:00 pm and are held in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs) of the Heritage Baptist Church, located at 8800 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia.  The parking lot entrance is on Selman Drive, on the right, just a few yards down from the traffic light at Rose Avenue and Selman Drive.  For those not familiar with Douglasville, there is a map (and driving directions - courtesy of Google Maps) on our Contact Us page.

At the request of our host, we must tidy up and clear the room by 7:45 pm.

As an additional note, the December meeting is our annual Christmas Dinner.  This may be held just about anywhere in Douglas County, and not necessarily on the 3rd Thursday, as we must adapt to the venues availability.

We usually meet at a local restaurant, but sometimes a potluck dinner at either a members home, a local business's conference room or a local churches fellowship hall.  The location will be announced by at least the November meeting (usually before), and the pertinent information, complete with directions and maps, will also be posted somewhere here (usually right at the top of this, the front page of our web-site) under the Special Events banner...

General Announcements:

We have a private Facebook group for the members of the society.  This private group is only available to paid members of the society.  I urge all of you to sign up for a Facebook account (it's free) and then email the President for an invite to join the group.

When you become a member of the group, you will have access to electronic copies (PDFs) of nearly all the Society Newsletters.  Currently the newsletters from May 1998 (the Premier Edition) through February 2008 are complete (except for the September 2001 and November 2006 issues, both of which possibly never existed).  The entire year of 2009 is also missing (I can't imagine why no one has a copy of any of these - I am almost certain they were produced), but January 2010 through the present is complete (except for August 2012 and June 2019 - which, again, may have never existed), and with each new issue being added as it produced.

To further induce you to join the Facebook group, take a look at the Newsletter Index, a PDF file, which has brief descriptions of the content of each issue.  You may find that we have published something that is of great interest to you.

The Society Constitution and By-Laws have been posted to our Facebook group as well as here, on our web site.  Eventually, other documents deemed to be of some importance to the Society may be posted, and possibly, even videos of some of our meeting presentations.

Please be aware, we are currently missing the following newsletters:

September, 2001
November, 2001
November, 2006
March - December, 2008 - Yes, most of the year!
January - December, 2009 -Yes, the entire year!
August, 2012
June, 2019

Those issues are either lost in the mists of time or were never produced - I really have no idea which, and can only speculate.  A PLEA FOR HELP: If anyone has a copy of any of those missing Newsletters, please contact the Web Master.

Digital or paper is fine, as I have a good scanner.  I can even bring a scanner and laptop to you (within reason - say 100 miles or less from Douglasville, Georgia), if necessary.  Maybe even further, but always with some negotiation.  I would surely be disappointed to make a lengthy trip and find no one at home.

I would also like to hear from the members about their favorite genealogy web sites, so they can be shared with the visitors to our web site.  Sadly, I have received more link suggestions from those visitors than I have from members of the Society.  Come on, people - there must be some useful sites that aren't in our list - tell me about them!

Additionally, any time you may encounter a broken link, please contact the Web Master, with a description of the link and enough information to allow me to locate the problem.  I promise to either fix or remove the link, whichever seems most appropriate and feasible, as soon as possible.

We still have a few members that have not provided the surnames they are researching, for the web site.  Check on the Current Members page to see if we have your names.  If not, just drop an email to the Web Master, listing the names.

While you are there, please check to see if I need your photo.  You can just email me a photo, if you prefer, but hopefully one that will allow other members to recognize you - not a high school class, yearbook, or prom photo (unless, of course, you just recently graduated!).

Also, if anyone (you know who you are) has any photos (either digital or print) concerning any society events which are NOT currently documented on the Events page, please contact the Web Master, with a brief description.

I am looking for any advice you might offer about the web site.  Such as, what you would like to see on it or what you would like to NOT see on it.  No guarantees, but any and all suggestions will be considered.

Some occasional feedback would be nice, too.  Good or bad, doesn't matter - as long as I know someone is looking at the thing.  Over the last few years, I have gotten far more feedback on the web site from the non-member drive-by visitors than I have from actual Society members.

I am especially interested in any errors or deficiencies you may discover on the web site.  And I'm sure there are some - I'm only human, after all.  But I do like to do any job as well as possible, and any assistance is appreciated.

What's up with the Cemetery Commission?

"Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have."

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

The Douglas County Cemetery Preservation Commission is a county sponsored (and funded) commission dedicated to the preservation of Douglas County cemeteries.  The Commission meets quarterly, on the first Friday afternoon of March, June, September and December.  Members of the Commission spend their Thursdays (weather permitting) cleaning and repairing one (or more) of the cemeteries in Douglas County.  The Commission members act in a supervisory capacity, with the actual physical labor being performed by a group of inmates from the Douglas County jail, under the direct control of a Deputy Sheriff.

The Chairperson of the Commission is our own beloved Sandra (Sandy) Whittington.  Sandy will occasionally provide some updates on Commission activity, and these will be posted here.  You all know how important cemetery markers are to genealogical research, which is why these updates appear here.  We also have a Map of Douglas County Cemeteries.  This was provided, cheerfully and gratis, by Kimberleigh Marchant, GIS Analyst with the Douglas County GIS Department.

We could still use a few more volunteers.  Supervisory only, as mentioned above.

Y'all come -- it's fun.

For those of you who haven't seen what D/2 can do, check out the photos (below) of the SAME marker -- one year and one D/2 treatment apart.

You can see why it's called a miracle elixir.  This marker is in the Winn-Watson cemetery.

Please, we need you to contact us if you know of a Douglas County cemetery in need of attention.  There may be some we are not aware of, so please help us out!  Thank you!

Contact the Commission:

Voice: (770) 920-7593
Fax:    (770) 920-7445

Contact the Chairperson:

Email: Sandy Whittington
Home:  (770) 949-8053
Mobile: (404) 625-3108

A quick note from the Web Master:

Just for your information (especially the geeks out there), this web site is entirely produced and maintained using:

PCLinuxOS - a free Linux operating system (using the KDE Plasma Desktop Environment),
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