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.


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 - December 18, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Golden Corral Restaurant - 6975 Douglas Boulevard.

Christmas Party!

NOTE: 3rd Thursday to avoid interferring with the holidays!

Last Program:

Our last program, presented by Elaine Steere (with her typical flair and elan) was part one of a two part program on the family of Ezekiel Polk of Douglas County, Georgia.  The Polk family had great influence over the years, on not only Douglas County but several southern states and the nation, as well.  One of Ezekiel's relatives, James Knox Polk, became the eleventh President of the United States.  He presided over the U.S. actually becoming a nation "from sea to shining sea."  As you can see from his biography, he is the man mostly responsible for shaping the nation into what it is today.


Next Program:

As you probably already know, our next meeting is our annual Christmas Party (in lieu of the December meeting, on the 18th of December) and will be held at: Golden Corral, 6975 Douglas Boulevard, Douglasville.

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This is a family friendly, buffet style restaurant.  One price for all you can eat, and a great variety of food.  Salads and deserts galore!

We have reserved a room in the far left back corner, so grab a plate, load it up with goodies and come on back.  Join us for great fun and fellowship!  Pictures will be taken and posted on the web site.


What's up with the Cemetery Committee?

Those four inmates did an admirable job of getting Salt Springs blown out and cleaned up Thursday morning, especially considering the size of that place.

This coming Thursday we'll be going around in circles, pretty much literally since it's a circular route to three cemeteries.

We'll start at the Griffith-Giles cemetery alongside the Beery's driveway on Big A Road, just north of Highway 166 -- then go west on 166 and get the Phillip's cemetery on Banks Mill, just north of Giles Road -- finally ending up at the Pray cemetery on Joe Phillip's property on Highway 5, just above the Dog River bridge.

Directions: To get to the Griffith-Giles, from I-20 go south on Highway 5 for 5.3 miles to Big A Road (there's an Exxon station on that corner).  Turn left on Big A and go 3.63 miles to #6361.  Turn in and park off to the right at the foot of the driveway.  We'll walk from there to avoid blocking the very narrow drive.  NOTE: If you're coming Highway 166, turn up Big A and it's the first driveway on the left.

When we finish there, we'll go west on 166 for 3.6 miles to the roundabout and go up Highway 5 toward Douglasville for 2.3 miles to Giles Road (West View Baptist Church on the corner).  Left on Giles for 0.9 mile to Banks Mill Road.  Turn right on Banks Mill and the cemetery is on the left at number 8181.  The property at number 8191 is vacant, so we'll park there and walk across the field to the Phillips cemetery.

To get to our last one for the day, we'll continue up Banks Mill for 2.1 miles and take a right on Dukes Road.  It's 0.7 mile to Highway 5, but we'll park roadside on Dukes, since there's no safe place to park at 5500 Highway 5.  We'll walk across 5, and for goodness sakes, be careful -- then up the driveway and across a small field to the Pray cemetery.  To get home it's either north on 5 to I-20 or south on 5 back to the roundabout at 166.

We'll start at 8:30 -- I'll be at the one on Big A at 8:00.  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.