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.
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.
Thursday - July 28, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church
8800 Rose Avenue,
The last program (June) was presented by our own Elaine Bailey, and the subject was the story told in her book, The Draketown Tragedy, a rousing Prohibition-era treatise full of intrigue, murder, conspiracies, moonshiners, the Ku Klux Klan and the Roaring Twenties, all centered around a mysterious monument still standing in Draketown. The story involves the murder of a staunch anti-alcohol ministers wife by moonshiners (this was during Prohibition), how her husband was then helped by the local Ku Klux Klan (they weren't always the evil organization we know today) both financially and physically.
Elaine also recounted how practically all evidence of the event has vanished - newspaper accounts, court records, everything covering the years 1926 through 1928 (the period of the murder and the multiple trials - without convictions) seems to be missing. The program gave a brief recounting of the story, as told in the book, along with some interesting bits of historical detail. Elaine was ably assisted by her co-author, Patricia Mullinax (both pictured below in period costume, Elaine standing), and by her husband, John.
If you weren't there, you missed a hum-dinger!
The next program (July) will be described as soon as the information is available.
The Douglas County Genealogical Society meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, except for the November and0 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.