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.

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 serving you.


BREAKING NEWS!

The Stone Mountain Historic Society is delighted to host a genealogy talk by Mr. Ken Thomas, who will be speaking at the Society's Quarterly Meeting, to be held at 7:00 pm on September 11, 2014.  The meeting will be held at the Stone Mountain Woman's Club - 5513 E. Mountain Street, Stone Mountain, Georgia.  All DCGS members are invited to attend.

Mr. Thomas, a native of Columbus, Georgia, is a graduate of Emory University and a Decatur resident.  He has had a strong interest in genealogy since the early 1960s when he was in high school and has become a resource for beginners and experts researching their family's history.  From 1973 until his retirement in 2006, he was Historian in the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Atlanta, working with the National Register of Historic Places.  Through his work on the genealogy of Governor and President Jimmy Carter, his expertise came to the attention of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff and thus his weekly column in the AJC got its start.  The column has been published since 1977, alerting researchers to newly published sources and aids and providing bulletins on talks and events of genealogical interest.  A frequent lecturer on genealogy and history, we look forward to hearing Mr. Thomas talk about why genealogy is important, its role in historical societies like ours, and hopefully some research tips.

Again, please check out the Events page.  New photos, from our first field trip of 2014, to The Old Courthouse Musem, in downtown Douglasville.  We had an excellent turn out, and thoroughly enjoyed the museum exhibits!  If you weren't there, you missed out on a fun time.

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 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.


Next Meeting:

Thursday - August 28, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.

Last Program:

The last program, our field trip to The Old Courthouse Museum, went very well.  After the short business meeting, in one of the museum conference rooms, our own Elaine Steere (on the museum staff) gave guided tours of the museum.  We were also allowed to wander around on our own.  For a small town, with very limited funding, the museum is quite impressive.


Next Program:

At our next meeting, Marcia Atkins, one of our Charter Members, will present a program on Death Certificates: Where to Find Them and What You Can Learn From Them.  Come join us and learn something!


What's up with the Cemetery Committee?

On Thursday we cleaned two cemeteries, the Winn-Watson off N. Flat Rock Road and the Hildebrand off Brewer Road.

Everything went pretty much as usual except that the repair of Samuel Watson's marker didn't completely take from our last trip there.  It was broken in 3 or 4 places, and the bottom epoxy repair just didn't work.  Thanks to a metal putty knife and old dental tools, I was able to remove almost all of the old epoxy and silicone -- than we re-did the repair.

We'll need to go by there the next time we're in the area and get it reset.  It will have to go 1/3 into the ground, because its slotted base is shattered and part is missing.  The good news is that all the marble markers that used to be almost black are greatly improved after last year's application of D/2 -- we applied a second treatment this trip.

The Hildebrand just needed weed-eating and leaf-blowing and D/2 treatment, and that didn't take long at all.

Once again this week we'll be doing two cemeteries.  We'll start at the Connally cemetery at 3953 Riverside Drive, the last street on the left before you cross the Hooch into Fulton County. From I-20, go south on Fairburn Road and follow the signs for 166 East toward Atlanta.  Look for the sign for Champ's Clock Shop at the corner of King Drive -- Riverside is the next street. Follow Riverside to the end of the public part -- driveway is on the left.

Then we'll go back toward I-20 and take a left on James Road (just before Bomar Road).  The James cemetery is at the end of the road.  Do not park on anyone else's yard -- just stay along the edge of the gravel road.

We'll start at the Connally at 8:00, and I'll be at the foot of the driveway on Riverside by 7:30.  See y'all there.

Visitors always welcome.


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:
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.