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 coming events of interest followed by all the latest news on society happenings.

Coming Events

It's August!


1896 COURTHOUSE BLUEPRINTS RESTORED AND SET FOR DISPLAY THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 17TH

The third Douglas County Courthouse was built in 1896, and was the first Courthouse of substantial construction - bricks and mortar; the first two courthouses were poorly built.  All three were constructed on Courthouse Square in downtown Douglasville, the site of the current 1958 Courthouse/Old Courthouse Museum.

The 1896 Courthouse burned in a spectacular fire on January 11, 1956, thought to be the result of faulty wiring, and straight heart pine ceilings, floors and framing that years of drying and the use of floor oils which made for a very flammable structure.

In the fire, many County records were lost, but recently 10 pages of the original blueprints for the 1896 Courthouse were recently found, and have been rehydrated, cleaned and restored as much as possible.  The 10 pages are labeled Second Floor Plan, First Floor Plan, First Floor Plan 2, Front Elevation, Roof Plan, Right Side Elevation, Left Side Elevation, Rear Elevation, Longitudinal Section, and Cross Section.  The blueprints are 121 years old.

The 10 blueprint pages will be on display from 2 - 5 p.m., Thursday, August 17th, in the Courthouse Art Gallery, 3rd floor, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive.  Admission is free and the display is open to the Public.

In addition to the display, anyone who ever visited or conducted business in the 1896 Courthouse is asked to come that afternoon and audio record their memories which will become part of the permanent collection of the Douglas County History Museum.  These recordings will take place in the dctv23 studio that is adjacent to the Courthouse Art Gallery.

Donations of photographs, documents, marriage licenses - anything that has to do with the 1896 Courthouse - will be gratefully accepted for the Old Courthouse Museum.

The restored blueprints are being digitally photographed for future use, and the restored blueprints themselves will be archived for preservation.

The restoration of the blueprints and the display and memory recording are being coordinated by the Douglas County Department of Communications and Community Relations.

1896 Courthouse


No further noteworthy events.



Next Meeting:

Thursday - August 24, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Church
8800 Rose Avenue,
Douglasville, Georgia




Last Program:

The last program (July) was The Traveling Trunk, an exhibition of both genuine and replica items used in everyday life during the Civil War era. It was presented by a retired school teacher.  The audience was allowed to handle and examine the artifacts.



Next Program:

The next program (August) is unknown at this time.



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 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.


Next Stop: Liberty Methodist Episcopal

Update provided by Sandy as of 08/09/2017


At this point the weather looks more promising this week than last -- rain looks to be less likely on Wednesday and Thursday.  We'll finish the rest of our August schedule and then come back to Chapman and Neal after that.

This week the task is Liberty Methodist Episcopal, the one just north of the tracks next door to Willie Watkins Funeral Home.  Our work is mostly confined to the northeast corner of the cemetery where the mowing crew doesn't go and also along the east boundary line, especially that small rectangular family plot that extends onto the adjacent property.

Because of medical appointments on Thursday, I will be there only briefly at 8:00 -- John will be in charge.


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