ATTENTION:

The Douglas County Historical Society continues their "Lunch and Learn" series this month through May.  Meetings are on the third Tuesday at noon at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art in the conference room.

This month the meeting falls on February 16th.  Butch Alley will be the speaker and the subject will be the Lithia Springs Water Company.  There will be reproductions of the water bottles on hand for purchase.

Visitors are welcome to bring lunch and a drink since many join us on their lunch hour.  We would love to have you join us.

You can keep up with the meetings and speakers at our Facebook page.

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.  Please Note: This web site is heavily dependent on JavaScript. so if you have disabled it in your browser, your experience will be sorely lacking, and the site may not even be usable.

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.

Baby and Laptop
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.  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 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 upcoming local 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.

Next Meeting:

Thursday - February 25, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.



Last Program:

The January program was on the lifestyles, customs and ingenuity of the Creek and Cherokee peoples indigent to the Douglas County area.  It was presented by John Bailey.  John brought an excellent display of Indian artifacts, some reproductions but many genuine.  He passed around a soft, sticky, slightly greasy and very mysterious block of something, asking if anyone could identify it.  A few of us (mostly the really ancient folks) managed to figure out that it was homemade soap, made by John, but very similar to what the Indians would have made.  We had an excellent turnout, with several visitors, drawn in by an advertisement that Paul ran.

More!

Brenda Brazel (our current record holder for First Family certificates, with 10) received another 5 certificates!  She now has 15!  Any of you planning to challenge her position as First Family Champion might want to rethink your plans!

It was brought to our attention that our founder (and life member), Rhett Williamson, is not doing well.  Rhetts age is really beginning to take a toll.  Both he and his wife, Ruth, need your prayers.

It was reported that Angelyn Blackstock has suffered a heart attack. She and her family also need your prayers.

Additionally, a get well card for Gerald Teal (who had recent surgery) was passed around for signatures.

I managed to get photos of several members to place on the web site, on the Current Members page.  My list got shorter - by 4 names.

I have also decided I don't need to bring my big DSLR camera - my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S5) takes photos that are plenty good enough for the web site, (see the photo above) and it's a lot more convenient.  Now I can do my Boy Scout impersonation, and be - Always Prepared!




Next Program:

The February program will be jointly presented by Elaine Steere and Marcia Atkins. The subject will be military records - where to find them, how to use them, what's in them.




Regular Meeting Schedule:

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.

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.



What's up with the Cemetery Committee?

Status as of 01/26/2016 (last update)

Who Does This Kind of Thing?

The cemetery commission had some very disturbing days of late.

On January 14thm while working at the Bowden cemetery in Lithia Springs, Wes Tallon called to tell me David Parrish and his son had reported serious vandalism in the McLarty cemetery, near the intersection of Cedar Mountain and Brittain Roads in the western end of the county.  The vandalism included the almost complete excavation of James E. Polk's 1888 grave.

Because it had been 15 months since we last worked there, we had no idea when this depredation occurred.  It was reported to the sheriff's office, stirring Deputy Roddy to respond and file a report.

Yesterday (the 25th) Teresa Noles (of the cemetery commission) and her husband went to the cemetery to take photos and determine if the Confederate iron crosses were still there.  These had been stolen in previous vandalism some twenty years ago.  Thankfully, they are now much more securely anchored, and were not taken.

The Noles also stopped by the Winn-Enterkin cemetery on Mann Road, which we cleaned just nineteen days ago on January 7th.  It too had been vandalized, with the rear chain-link fence flattened and a two-week-old baby's marker knocked face down in the dirt.  Flags (both USA and CSA) were abused -- in fact the US flag on a WWI veterans grave was driven into the ground upside down.

The sheriff's office was again called, and Deputy T. Wynn was there within minutes.  The three of them then went to the nearby Kennedy cemetery on Mann Road to check on it.  Thankfully there was no sign of vandalism there.

This Thursday the cemetery commission and the inmate crew will work in both these cemeteries to repair the damage, under the supervision of archaeologist Suzanne Sammons.  This ugliness will be reported on Facebook and in the Douglas County Sentinel.  Everyone please share this information with others -- hopefully someone will know something that will help us put a stop to this so that our ancestors can rest in peace!

A note from the Web Master:

I fervently pray that these vandals be caught and taught to respect other peoples property.  Perhaps the best lesson would be to find out what they place a value on and then simply trash it.  But, no...  sadly, then we would be no better than these jerks.

Please, if you have any information whatever on the perpetrators of this vandalism, please contact either the Douglas County Sheriffs Office, at (770) 942-2121 (the non emergency number) or at (678) 486-1253 (the Tipline), email the Web Master (link above) or Sandy Whittington, Chairperson of the Douglas County Cemetery Preservation Commission.




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