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 all the latest news on society happenings and coming 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.
Memorial Day on the 29th.
No further noteworthy events.
Thursday - May 25, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church
8800 Rose Avenue,
The last program (April) was Navigating on the website "Ancestry.com," Part 3. The program was presented by Marcia Atkins.
The next program (May) will be Different Ways Of Organizing And Preserving Your Family Research, and will be presented by the Program Committee.
Our prayers go out to Elaine Steere and her family, she has suffered the loss of her ex-husband (with whom she was still friendly).
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 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.
As you may (or may not) know, we have established 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, from January 2010 to present, with more being added as they are discovered. 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 intend to scan these and post them to the Facebook group as well. Currently we have all of 2003 and are beginning to upload 2004. The Society Constitution and By-Laws are also posted there.
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. I would be 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.
"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.
Update provided by Sandy as of 05/21/2017
We've already gotten a good bit of rain with more predicted every day through Wednesday, which would normally be bad news for our Thursday workday. However, this week it's a blessing -- because there is still so much probing to do in the McLarty cemetery. A much easier task if the dirt isn't like concrete.
Even so, the guys on the crew will likely get to do something more interesting than pursue weeds and leaves this week. They may well get taught how to probe for unmarked graves and then pitch in to try to finish this part of the work before the dirt turns hard as bricks again. Suzanne estimates there are as many as 400 folks buried on that hill, some nicely marked -- many others either poorly marked or not at all.
We'll start at 8:00 am Thursday morning and hopefully be able to stay until about 2:00 pm, so bring whatever food and drinks you'll need. Unless you want to make multiple trips up and down that murderous hill. Not for me -- I'm doing well to get up and down it just once.
Directions: From downtown Douglasville, take Chicago Avenue/Cedar Mountain Road out past the landfill to Brittain Road and turn right. About 475 feet up Brittain, on the left side of the road, you'll see an orange and white cemetery sign marking the foot of the trail. Follow the trail to the top of the hill, and you'll be in the cemetery. The parking is roadside on Brittain, but it would be a good idea to keep your left wheels just barely on the pavement -- all this rain will likely create a very soft verge (as the Brits would say). Finally, watch for the speed demons on Brittain -- there are a LOT of them.
I'll be there at 8:00. Visitors are always welcome.
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