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.
There was a massive update to the History Page on April 22nd. Please check it out and let the Web Master know if you find any errors.
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
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.
April is from the Latin Aprillis, which is a derivative of the Latin base apero-, meaning “second.” April was named as such because of the tweaking of the ancient Roman calendar, where April was the second month.
No further noteworthy events.
Thursday - April 25, 2019 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church
8800 Rose Avenue,
The last program (March) was Genealogy Research Sources, Mistakes, Ignorance and Lies, How to Find the Truth, presented by Marcia Atkins. If you weren't there, all I can tell you is that one of her ancestors appears to have been a real scalawag. He had two wives (possibly at the same time), then, when he died, was listed as a widower even though both wives were still living, with one of them residing only a few blocks away. No one knows why.
The next program (April) will be Genetic Genealogy - Using DNA results with Genealogical and Historical Records, and will be presented by Walter J. Freeman.
Tentative program for May: Using Old Newspapers and Directories for Research, presenter to be announced later.
Tentative program for June: A Field Trip to the LDS Facility, here in Douglasville. They will have people available assist you in your research and to translate any foreign language documents you my have.
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, on the right, 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.
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 account (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) (nearly all the Society Newsletters. Currently the newsletters from May 1998 (the Premier Edition) through February 2008 are complete (except for the September 2001 and November 2006 issues, both of which possibly never existed). The entire year of 2009 is also missing (can't imagine why no one has a copy of any of these - I know they were produced), but January 2010 through present is complete (except for August 2012 - which, again, may have never existed), with each new issue being added as I receive it (and can remember to post them).
Please be aware, we are currently missing the following newsletters.
September, 2001 - A "mythical" issue, perhaps?. This is the month the wife and I (newsletter editors at the time) were moving into our new house, so it may well have not been produced. Pure speculation, as I have no recollection.
November, 2001 - We have a copy, but it is problematical. The scanned image appears to be missing several pages, has no structure or decoration, and almost appears to be a "rough draft." However, that may be the way it was distributed, which seems reasonable as we were just getting things setup (computers, printers, internet, etc.) in the new house and may have had some difficulty creating and distributing it. Pure speculation, as I have no recollection.
November, 2006 - Another "mythical" issue? Possibly, but I have no recollection.
March - December, 2008 (most of the year)
2009 - All issues for the entire year
August, 2012 - Yet another "mythical" issue? Again, possibly, but I have no recollection, since I was not involved in the newsletter at that time.
Those "mythical" issues are either lost in the mists of time or were never produced - I really have no idea which, and can only speculate.
The Society Constitution and By-Laws are also posted to our Facebook group. Eventually, other documents deemed to be of some importance to the Society may be posted. And possibly even videos of some of our meeting presentations.
NOTE: If anyone has a copy of any of these Newsletters (digital or paper is fine) please contact the Web Master.
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. Sadly, I have received more link suggestions from those visitors than I have from members of the Society. Come on, people - there must be some useful sites that aren't in our list - tell me about them!
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.
"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.
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
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),
FireFTP (a free FTP [File Transfer Protocol] client add on for Firefox), and, occasionally,
KIM, the KDE Image Manipulation Service Menu, to compress, rotate, re-size, or covert an image.
However, I expect to begin using Filezilla (a free, multi-platform, stand-alone FTP client) in the near future, as FireFTP is not compatible with the newer versions of Firefox.