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.


BREAKING NEWS!

Good News! As many of you know, John Fuller's wife, Kathrine, has not been doing well.  She has spent 72 days in the hospital just this year.  She was even sent to hospice care.  While there, she was removed from all her medications (as is usual in hospice care).  But then, within a couple of weeks, her condition improved considerably.  It improved so much, in fact, that the doctors are seriously considering releasing her from hospice care to return home.  I know John is thrilled, as are we all.

Recently Added! The September Saturdays event...  Pictures of our appearance are on the Events page, including a sampling from the Car show.

Recently Added! Map of Cemeteries in Douglas County, provided by the County GIS Department.  Look on the Online Resources page, just above the historical maps.  Enjoy!


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 - October 23, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.

Last Program:

The last program, about the area known as Dark Corner, was presented by Mr. John B. Bailey, author of the recently published book "The History of Dark Corner, Campbell County, Georgia."  This was an extremely interesting program, shedding much light on this mysterious and little known place that all us Douglas County residents have heard mentioned from time to time.


Next Program:

Our next program is a Mystery Program, to be presented by Mary Walker.  I'm pretty sure it is only a mystery because the actual subject has not yet been decided.  Do come on out and be surprised along with the rest of us.


What's up with the Cemetery Committee?

Several months ago, Suzanne Sammons told me to get 8 100-pks. of engineering flags in anticipation of finding as many as 400 unmarked or inadequately marked graves in the McLarty cemetery.  I took 400 of those flags to the cemetery for the opening salvo of the great grave search ~~ we ran out of flags by lunchtime, and we only covered the SW corner of the African-American cemetery.  This means 200 burials in just one corner of the graveyard.  Six of us walked through that area placing 2 flags (head and foot) for every depression or suspicious vertical stone.

Since our last significant rainfall (and only 1/2 inch at that) was on September 2nd, the ground was almost as solid as concrete ~~ probing wasn't even possible.  At a known grave where the probe has in the past gone easily almost four feet into the ground, we couldn't go more than four inches today.  We will have to have a considerable amount of rain to improve the situation, and it likely won't be ready to probe before sometime in November, given that October is typically a very dry month.

At least it's a start, and Suzanne and Emmanuel Hudson did band boundary trees in that area so that on October 16th it will be clear to the inmate crew exactly how far back the cemetery needs to be cleaned down to bare ground ~~ and then many more depressions will almost magically appear.  This is so much fun...

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.