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.  Please Note: This web site is heavily dependent on JavaScript, so if you have disabled it in your browser, your experience here will be sorely lacking, and the site may not even be usable.  Otherwise, carry on and please 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 all the latest news on society happenings and upcoming local events of interest.  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.


Hydrangea Festival

Hydrangea Festival Tours of Private Gardens

Tours of private gardens in Douglas County, Georgia are being offered as part of the 9th annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival.  The tours will be held from 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 4, 2016 until 5:00 PM on Sunday, June 5, 2016.  Six beautifully landscaped and developed gardens are on the self-guided tour which runs from 9 AM to 5 PM on each festival day.

Tickets are $25 per person, and may be purchased on-line through the Hydrangea Festival web site.  Tour tickets and maps may be picked up from the Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville 30134.

Some of the tour gardens have received National awards, and have been featured in National home and garden publications, such as Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens.

Next Meeting:

Thursday - May 26, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.

Last Program:

The last program (April) was presented by author, and Roswell Police Officer, Michael Hitt, on his book, Charged with Treason, which tells the story of what happened to the mill workers, from both the Roswell and New Manchester mills, at the hands of the damn Yankees.

His presentation consisted of telling us about a few of the events documented in his book, and let me tell you, it was absolutely fascinating!  It included some very interesting revelations about the character of Mary Walker, the first woman to receive the Medal of Honor.  If you weren't there, you missed a very entertaining evening.  Buy his book!  You won't regret it!

Next Program:

The next program (May) is unknown at this time.  A description will be posted here as soon as it is available.

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-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 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 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.

General Announcements:

As you may (or may not) know, we have established 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, from January 2010 to present.  The Society Constitution and By-Laws are also posted there.  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 intend to scan these and post them to the Facebook group as well.

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 Committee?

Status as of 04/19/2016 (last update)

Cemetery News

The cemetery commission and our hard-working inmate crew keep moving right along, and it's certainly more pleasant now that the weather is warming up.

On April 7th we finished up our three workday project at Liberty Grove except for moving wet leaves just a bit further back from the rear edge of the cemetery.  This one takes so long because it's three acres with lots of hardwoods -- so spring cleaning means an awful lot of leaves.

Last week the plan was to clean Holly Springs on West Chapel Hill Road, one of the oldest cemeteries in the county, dating back to the 1830s.  However, it rained Wednesday night into Thursday morning, making it impossible to bag leaves that day.  It wasn't a total loss though since three of us went out to check on two properties in the western part of the county -- both requesting special use permits from Planning and Zoning.  All P & Z requests come to the cemetery commission for us to check for any as yet undiscovered early burials on the land parcels involved.  I've seen neighborhoods in this county I probably would never have discovered were it not for these requests.

This week we're doing something a little unusual.  Next door to Willie Watkins Funeral Home, just north of the RR tracks on Dallas Highway, is Liberty Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, a graveyard that was seriously mistreated forty to fifty years ago.  Someone's idea of cleaning a badly overgrown burial ground was to use a bush-hog.  The result? Broken markers, tipped over markers that are now underground, markers shoved into the tree-line around the edge of the cemetery...

For the past three years we've spent two or three days every April working on this very real mess.  The funeral home is paying for regular grass cutting nowadays, while we've been repairing broken markers and clearing the jungle along the eastern property line.  Of course when we find obviously displaced markers the question is where to put them -- not having any clue where the individuals are actually buried.  Our archaeologist (technical advisor) has told us to just set them up wherever we can -- that it's still a memorial to the person whether it's on the actual grave or not.

We scheduled this work for April 21st and 28th this year, and District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell will join us this Thursday morning -- the cemetery is in his district.  The film crew from the courthouse will be there to produce a program that will be on DCTV sometime in May.

After our two days there, we'll catch up with Holly Springs.  Staying on schedule will be easier as summer nears, since most summer rain comes in P. M. thunderstorms, long after we've finished our work.

Visitors are always welcome to join us on our adventures. We'll be starting Thursday morning at 8:00. Ya'll come!

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!

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