Welcome to the Douglas County Genealogical Society Web site.  We are a Federally chartered 501(c)(3) 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 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 is best to get a good start before the people that know (the elders of your family) are all gone.  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.  Feel free to browse around 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 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.

Next Meeting:

Thursday - May 28, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.

Last Program:

Our Show and Tell member event went quite well.  We were worried that we would not have enough volunteers to fill the time available, but the members stepped up and not only filled the time but ran over a bit.  If you were not there, you missed some intriguing and heart warming tales.

Additionally, I took photographs of 7 members to place on the web site.  This cuts my list of those missing photos to just 25.  I need your help, people.  Having your photo on the web site makes it so much nicer at the meetings.  We can finally know who we're talking to.  So, I will continue to bring my camera to the meetings, but if I should forget, there is always my cell phone, which takes quite nice photos.  Those photos I did take have been placed on the web site.

Next Program:

For the May program, Roger Smith will discuss DNA tests, Sandy Whittington will demonstrate how to add family information to the Find A Grave web site and Marcia Atkins will demonstrate how to find street addresses on Google Earth and Virtual Pike.

Also, be prepared for me to take photos to place on the web site.

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 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 here on the web-site, under the Breaking News banner (below)...

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.




General Announcements:

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.

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.

What's up with the Cemetery Committee?

Status as of 05/12/2015

Delayed Update...

We did our first clean-up day at New Hope last Thursday and accomplished a lot.  For one thing, the crew removed privet and other trash growth from around some rather large crape myrtles so that they can actually be seen when they bloom this summer.  They did a lot of trimming in family plots and one of the men completely unearthed and reset brick coping around a Waldrop grave -- it had almost disappeared under the centipede turf.  A couple of commission members found a completely submerged hand-inscribed fieldstone bearing the name J Mick -- now reset properly.  Several footstones were also located all but hidden away.  We will go back in October at the end of the growing season to repeat the trimming and continue to work on submerged stones and coping.

On to the next project: the Neal cemetery this Thursday.  Two years ago it took us four Thursdays to get it in decent shape -- tackling a century of neglect and removing lots of fallen timber from the 2008 tornado.  Last year it took only one day, and this year should be about the same unless we find unusual damage.

Directions: From I-20 take Exit 34 and go south 10 miles on GA 5 to the roundabout.  Go 3/4 of the way around it and go east on GA 166 0.1 mile to Capps Ferry Road.  Turn right and go south 3 miles to Florence Road (gravel road).  There is a stop sign 0.3 miles along Florence Road where Otley Road enters from the right.  Stay to the left and continue another 0.3 mile to the cemetery.  It is out of sight in the woods on the right of the road.  We park at the side of the road and walk up a driveway (paved but a very steep grade) to the cemetery which is about 25 feet to the right of the driveway at the top of the hill.  Finally, the entire neighborhood is made up of horse farms with very expensive purebred animals -- please do not disturb or alarm them.

Start time is 8:00 -- I'll be there at 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!

Sandy Whittington
770-949-8053 (home)
404-625-3108 (mobile)