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!

September Saturdays are here again!  The society will have a booth at the September Saturdays Festival on September 20th.  This will be Family Day and include a Car, Truck and Bike show.   The show is to benefit the Special Olympics.

The festival will be held at the (new) Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, Georgia.  The festival begins at 11:30 am, and concludes with an outdoor movie (weather permitting) beginning at 8:00 pm.  Come visit us, and all the other exhibits and vendors.  It will be great fun!


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!

Recently Added! NASA Image of the Day site is linked in the Fun Sites block of the Links page.  Enjoy!


The Stone Mountain Historic Society is delighted to host a genealogy talk by Mr. Ken Thomas, who will be speaking at the Society's Quarterly Meeting, to be held at 7:00 pm on September 11, 2014.  The meeting will be held at the Stone Mountain Woman's Club - 5513 E. Mountain Street, Stone Mountain, Georgia.  All DCGS members are invited to attend.

Mr. Thomas, a native of Columbus, Georgia, is a graduate of Emory University and a Decatur resident.  He has had a strong interest in genealogy since the early 1960s when he was in high school and has become a resource for beginners and experts researching their family's history.  From 1973 until his retirement in 2006, he was Historian in the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Atlanta, working with the National Register of Historic Places.  Through his work on the genealogy of Governor and President Jimmy Carter, his expertise came to the attention of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff and thus his weekly column in the AJC got its start.  The column has been published since 1977, alerting researchers to newly published sources and aids and providing bulletins on talks and events of genealogical interest.  A frequent lecturer on genealogy and history, we look forward to hearing Mr. Thomas talk about why genealogy is important, its role in historical societies like ours, and hopefully some research tips.

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 - September 25, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.

Last Program:

The last program, given by Marcia Atkins, one of our Charter Members, was a program on Death Certificates: Where to Find Them and What You Can Learn From Them.  It is surprising how much good genealogical information can be found on Death Certificates!


Next Program:

Our next program will be about the area known as Dark Corner, and will be presented by Mr. John B. Bailey, author of the recently published book "The History of Dark Corner, Campbell County, Georgia."  Come and learn a bit about this mysterious and little known place, that all us Douglas County residents have heard mentioned from time to time.


What's up with the Cemetery Committee?

This past week we worked at Liberty Grove, and our newest member (Roseanne Foley) undertook the job of pruning runners from the wisteria over the arbor to curtail its attempt to take over the entire cemetery.  This master gardener, with the help of recently retired US Forest Service member, Emmanuel Hudson, made tremendous progress.  Many thanks to them!  With Roseanne's help we have also started to train one free-standing wisteria into one of those purple umbrellas that are so pretty in some yards.

This Thursday we will be working at Miners Cemetery in Mirror Lake.  It's large with lots of leaves to be blown out but has only a handful of markers.

Directions: From I-20 (west, from Douglasville), take exit 30 and go north 0.8 mi. on Post Road.  Turn left on Bankhead (US 78) for 3.5 miles.  Right on Tyson Road for 0.6 mi.  Left on Conners Road for .1 mi.  Right on Mirror Lake Parkway (NOT Blvd).  The cemetery is one mile on the right with plenty of curbside parking.

Regular start time is 8:00, but I'll be there by 7:30.

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.