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!

Just 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.


Again, please check out the Events page.  New photos, from our first field trip of 2014, to The Old Courthouse Musem, in downtown Douglasville.  We had an excellent turn out, and thoroughly enjoyed the museum exhibits!  If you weren't there, you missed out on a fun time.

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 - August 28, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.

Last Program:

The last program, our field trip to The Old Courthouse Museum, went very well.  After the short business meeting, in one of the museum conference rooms, our own Elaine Steere (on the museum staff) gave guided tours of the museum.  We were also allowed to wander around on our own.  For a small town, with very limited funding, the museum is quite impressive.


Next Program:

At our next meeting, Marcia Atkins, one of our Charter Members, will present a program on Death Certificates: Where to Find Them and What You Can Learn From Them.  Come join us and learn something!


What's up with the Cemetery Committee?

First of all, this past Thursday the crew made quick work of the Connally cemetery and the James cemetery.  Even Lt. Skinner and Sgt. Merrell got involved, hauling bags of leaves from the James out to the brush pile at the landfill.  We were finished by 11:00!

We welcomed our newest member, Roseanne Foley, who was just appointed on the 19th.  She just has no idea how much fun she's going to have.

This coming Thursday we have a couple of possibilities, depending on the weather.  Both WSB and the Weather Channel keep insisting it will be dry that day and for another 24 hours afterwards.  If that forecast holds up, we'll tackle four cemeteries -- starting at the Ergle-Hix on Bankhead at the quarry entrance (some marker repairs needed there plus d/2)), then the Flat Rock on Bright Star (weed-eating and blowing leaves only), then Baggett on Baggett Lake Road (hand pulling a few weeds and spraying D/2), and finally the Rice about 1000 feet into the woods off Cowan Mill Road (one repair and D/2).  That last one is a bit tough to get to with woods and brush -- remember hats/long pants/sturdy shoes or boots/insect repellent (I'll have it with me).  It will likely take our full workday to cover all four plus travel time, so bring lunch and plenty to drink.

On the other hand, if the weather wizards change their minds and predict PM T-storms for Thursday, we'll go to Liberty Grove on Mack Road near Deer Lick Park where it's just weed-eating and blowing (but three acres big).

After I see the early evening news on Wednesday, I'll let you know which way to go Thursday morning.

Directions for both schedules: To get to the Ergle-Hix cemetery, from the intersection of Hwy 5 and Bankhead Hwy, turn west (left) and go 0.8 mile to the cemetery on the left -- park in the church parking area.

To get to Liberty Grove, from I-20 go south on Fairburn Road for 2 miles and turn left on Mack Road.  Go 0.7 mile to cemetery on the left -- roadside parking.

We'll start at 8:00 -- I'll be at one or the other by 7:30. Y'all come!

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.