NEW!

I have altered the web site so that the Menu (on the left) remains fixed where it is, and does NOT scroll off the screen.  This way you will not have to scroll all the way back to the top to go look at another page.  Works for me!


Nominating Committee announced:

The Constitution requires that a three person nominating committee be named at the September meeting prior to an election.  Those named are:

Sylvia Vick (Chairperson)
Joan Windsor
Doris Watson

If you are a member in good standing, 18 years of age or older, and interested in serving a two year term as an elected officer (President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer) please contact one the above.  Clicking on the name will generate an empty email with the subject "Interested In Serving."


Sydney Brown (presenter of last month's program) has kindly given the Society a DVD copy of the film he presented.  If anyone would like a copy, please contact the Web Master.  However, please be aware, I only have a limited number of blank DVDs available, thus, at some point, I may have to request you provide one to make your copy on.

Welcome to the Douglas County Genealogical Society Web site.  We are a Federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and registered as such with the State of Georgia.  So, please, carry on and do enjoy your visit with us.

Our goal, here on our web site, is to provide you with information about our society and its activities.  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.

A note from your Web Master.

Every effort has been expended to ensure this web site complies with all internet standards published by the World Wide Web Consortium, and all pages are regularly re-validated by them.  This ensures the site will present a very nearly identical appearance, no matter the browser or operating system in use.  It even looks fairly decent on mobile devices, although the text is rather smallish.

Each page so validated displays the validation symbol - Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional - at the bottom, along with any other page unique data.  It's not easy keeping up, but some JavaScript automation helps.

Coming Events

It's October!


Halloween: on the 31st

Halloween


No further noteworthy events.



Next Meeting:

Thursday - October 26, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Church
8800 Rose Avenue,
Douglasville, Georgia




Last Program:

The last program (September) was a film about the Fairburn Show Day Homecoming Parade in 1971 and was presented by Sydney Brown.  The parade included a number of antique automobiles and marching bands.  Observing the people in the crowds was far more interesting, at least to me.

Note: We currently have $4176.26 in the treasury.



Next Program:

The next program (October) will be Times of Your Life, presented by Elaine Steere.  Be prepared to describe your earliest memories, for the society.



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.

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 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 Coming Events 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.



General Announcements:

As you may (or may not) know, we have created 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 Facebook (it's free) and then email the President for an invite to join the group.

Once you are in the group, you will have access to electronic copies (PDFs) all the Society Newsletters.  Currently the newsletters from May 1998 (the Premier Edition) through 2003 are complete (except for the September 2001 issue, which may never have existed).  From January 2010 to present is complete, with each new issue being added as I receive it (and can remember to post them).

Further, I have now found a source for newsletters prior to 2010 (it seems Marcia Atkins has been a packrat) but unfortunately, they are all paper copies.  As time permits, I will scan these and post them to the Facebook group as well.  Currently, for 2004, only the April issue is posted.  2005 is complete except for the May and June issues.  2006 is complete except for the November issue.

The Society Constitution and By-Laws are also posted there.  Eventually, other documents deemed to be of some importance to the Society may be posted.


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.

Additionally, if at any time you enounter a broken link on our Links page, please contact the Web Master.  I promise to either fix or remove the link, whichever seems most appropriate, 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 short 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.  I would be 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.



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 really only act in a supervisory capacity.  The actual physical labor is 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 Sandy Whittington, who provides these updates on Commission activity.  You all know how important cemetery markers are to genealogical research, which is why these updates appear here.


What's Up for Thursday in the Cemetery Cleaning Business?

Update provided by Sandy as of 10/16/2017


This past week the targets were Strickland-Smallwood and New Hope, chosen for being out in the open after Nate's rain earlier in the week.

This Thursday we'll catch the one that had to be postponed last week.  We're going to the Pioneer Cemetery up a driveway on the south side of High Point Road.  This is the one where the property owner insists that leaves be bagged, admittedly a pain but necessary if we want to retain access to the cemetery.

This cemetery is a real mystery to us -- about 75 graves, all of them marked with un-inscribed fieldstone markers.  Marcia Atkins, our genealogist extraordinare, has researched 19th century property and census records to determine who owned/lived on/worked on this land, since that's usually who is likely to be buried on the property.  She tracked down various owners and their descendants and can account for all of them and where they're buried -- NOT HERE.  They include the ancestors of Mack McLarty, who was President Clinton's White House Chief of Staff.  So -- who in the world IS buried here?  We have no clue at this point unless it was folks who worked the land but didn't own it -- sharecroppers, slaves, people who rented land?

Directions: From downtown Douglasville, go out Chicago/Cedar Mountain to Brittain Road.  Turn right on Brittain and follow it all the way out to the point where you must turn left onto High Point Road.  Watch for the mailbox numbered 8265 on the right side of the road.  The driveway to the cemetery is across the road from the mailbox.  When you reach the highest point on the driveway, the cemetery is immediately on your right.  Plenty of room to park, but please don't block the driveway.

I'll be there at 8:00. Visitors are always welcome.


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

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.  Y'all come -- it's fun.

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!  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