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.

A note from the Web Master:

Just for your information (especially the geeks out there), this web site is entirely produced and maintained using PCLinuxOS (a free Linux operating system), Kwrite (a free Linux based text editor), Firefox (a free multi-platform web browser) and FireFTP (a free FTP [File Transfer Protocol] client add on for Firefox).

However, I expect to begin using Filezilla (a free Linux based stand-alone FTP client) in the near future, as FireFTP is not compatible with the newer versions of Firefox.  Additionally, a good bit of what you see here is powered by JavaScript and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).  Now back to genealogy...

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 July!

Parents Day on the 23rd.

Parents Day

No further noteworthy events.

Next Meeting:

Thursday - July 26, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Church
8800 Rose Avenue,
Douglasville, Georgia

Last Program:

The last program (June), was Research Assets in the Georgia Room at the Marietta Library presented by Carolyn Crawford.

Our new Video Camera was there, and the presentation was recorded, unfortunately, all hand-held.  Actually, I managed to hold it fairly steady (and the built-in image stabilization was working as advertised).  This program was more the usual length, so no battery problems this time.

I have discovered that the high definition video files generated by the camera can be quite large.  The first recording was 1 hour 29 minutes and 58 seconds.  It came in at 1.9 gigabytes (a huge file).  The next recording was 49 minutes and 15 seconds (closer to typical program length).  It came in at 1.0 gigabytes.  About half the size, but still huge.  I need to investigate using a lower resolution or some conversion software to down size it.  Or maybe both.

Next Program:

The next program (July) will be the second part of The Civil War presented by Elaine Steere.  This will cover the hows and whys and the aftermath of that horror.

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.  Over the last few years, I have gotten more feedback on the web site from the non-member drive-by visitors than I have from actual Society members.

I am 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.  But I do like to do any job as well as possible, and any assistance is appreciated.

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.

Cemetery Doings

Update provided by Sandy as of 03/04/2018

Mid-week rains continue to plague our efforts, but by adjusting our plans on February 22nd we were at least able to get two cemeteries cleaned.  Strickland-Smallwood at the corner of Tyree Road and Amity Drive is fairly open without lots of trees and leaves, so the crew gave it a good cleaning.

From there we went to another less wooded one -- Oak Grove, which is next to the Marathon station at the corner of Highway 166 and Hannah.  I'm happy to report that the magnolia we planted there a couple of years ago is doing well, as are the four Little Gem magnolias donated by Linda Nunez of the Master Gardeners that we planted across the front of Strickland-Smallwood at about that same time.

Rain this past Wednesday made our Thursday plans a no-go, but the weather forecast is better this week -- chilly but dry for Thursday.  We'll start at the Kennedy cemetery on Mann Road and then go to the Clinton cemetery, which is actually in the county landfill.

Directions: From downtown Douglasville, take Chicago/Cedar Mountain all the way to Mann Road, turn north on Mann for about a quarter mile to the cemetery on the right.  There is parking available inside the gate along the driveway.  Leaving there we'll return to Cedar Mountain and head back to town, turning in at the landfill entrance.  Once there we follow a road that is for authorized personnel only, so if you want to see this one you'll have to be in our little convoy.

I'll be at the Kennedy Thursday morning at 8:00.  Y'all 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!

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