Welcome to the Douglas County Genealogical Society Web site.  We are a Federally chartered 501-C3 non-profit organization, and registered as such with the State of Georgia.

Our goal, here on our web site, is to provide you with information about our society and its activities.  We hope to encourage you to get involved with your genealogy.  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.

At this site, you will learn about our history, projects, accomplishments, people and schedule.  Feel free to browse around our web site.  If you have comments or questions about 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.

I 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 serving you.


COMING SOON!

The Douglas County Death index is in process.  It lists all deaths occurring in Douglas County and provides county of residence (if available) and the Death Certificate number.  It should be ready soon.

Additionally, I have a portion of the Douglas County Cemetery listings (courtesy of Roger Smith) and I will be placing these on the web site in the near future.

Just remember - maintaining this web site is a part time job, and it'll be ready wben it's ready.  No data will be published before it's time.  Thank you, in advance, for your patience.



General Announcements:

We still have a few members that have not provided the surnames they are reseraching, 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.

Also, I am looking for any advise 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.


Next Meeting:

Thursday - April 24, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.

Last Program:

The last program, "Campbellton as it Might Have Been," was presented by Mr. Sidney A. Brown, a local writer and historian.  The program was very interesting and enjoyed by all.  We had a number of visitors, due to the nature of the presentation.

Next Program:

The program for April will be given by our own Sandy Whittington.  Her program title is "First, Do No Harm: Avoiding Damage To Gravestones".

It will be about the work of the Douglas County Cemetery Commission; how they repair, clean and preserve gravestones in cemeteries.  Also she will talk about the proper way to make an unreadable gravestone into something readable.


What's up with the Cemetery Comittee?

This past Thursday we got quite a bit accomplished, though the people at WSA didn't tell us that there would be 3 ft. diameter pipes and a silt fence held up by wire to block easy access at the Giles cemetery.  Nevertheless, it got cleaned and the markers were sprayed with D/2.  From there it was on to the Smith-Collins cemetery which takes no more than 30 minutes to clean, again spraying with D/2 (second treatment for this cemetery).

The irises are starting to bloom there, and the pink azaleas are in full bloom. We finished up our day at the McKoy cemetery, lifting and resetting fieldstone markers in the slave portion of the cemetery, and re-stacking a low stone wall around one grave.

This Thursday should be a pretty short day for us.  As I came back up W. Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill from the McKoy cemetery this past week, I paid attention to the condition of both the Thomasson cemetery and Holly Springs.  It looks to me as though the SCV camp may have spent some time recently at Holly Springs -- doesn't look too bad at all, and at the Thomasson we may need to just hand pull some weeds out of that tiny plot.

Anyway, let's start at the Thomasson at 8:00, at Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church (Chapel Hill and Dorsett Shoals, across from Publix).  Then we'll run on down to Holly Springs, do whatever cleaning is needed and then focus on lifting and resetting markers/coping and planting a volunteer crape myrtle that I've been nursing along in a large pot.

I think everyone knows how to get there, but just in case: From I-20 go south on Chapel Hill Road to the small Methodist church on the right side of the road at Chapel Hill and Dorsett Shoals.  It's right across from the Publix market.  From there it's on down Chapel Hill to the high school -- just past the high school, take the right fork onto W. Chapel Hill Road -- cemetery will be on your right inside a chain link fence.

As always, visitors are welcome -- we'll be there Thursday morning.

Projected cleanup dates:

Revised (Tenative) Schedule for January to April

Sorted by cemetery name

Sorted by date

And by the way - we could still use a few more volunteers.  Supervisory only, the Sheriff sends a deputy with an inmate crew to do the actual manual labor.

Also, 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!

Contact:
Sandy Whittington
770-949-8053 (home)
404-625-3108 (mobile)


Regular Meetings

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-togethers.

Additionally, the December meeting is our annual Christmas Dinner, and may be held just about anywhere in Douglas County.  Usually we meet at a local restaurant, but sometimes a potluck dinner at either a members home, a local businesses 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 here on the web-site, under the Breaking News banner..

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, just a few yards down from the traffic light at Rose Avenue and Selman Drive.

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