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 - September 24, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Heritage Baptist Church - 8800 Rose Avenue.



Last Program:

The August program was a two part progrem.  Part One, presented by Sandy Whittington, was a complete and thorough tutorial on the abilities of, and the use of the Find-A-Grave web site.  Part Two was an equally complete and thorough tutorial on the abilities of, and the use of the Virtual Pike web site.  If you were not there, you missed a very informative program.

Please check the Current Members page 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!).




Next Program:

The September program will be "The Town of Campbellton," an unincorporated community in southwestern Fulton County, Georgia, that lies along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.  This program will be presented by Sid Brown.  Maybe we'll discover why Douglasville has a Campbellton Street.

Also, be prepared (again) 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.



BREAKING NEWS!

Auto and Bike Show

Car Show Flyer

Same day as our appearance at September Saturdays, but starts an hour and a half earlier - so plenty of time for a quick tour of the Car Show at the American Legion Post before visiting us at the Courthouse.  Together could make for a fun filled and family friendly Saturday.




September Saturdays are coming!

September Saturdays

September Saturdays is the largest annual festival and community event in Douglas County.  Its sole purpose is to foster community by creating an event where any resident, regardless of situation, can come and enjoy fun, fellowship, camaraderie, and inclusion.  A community only gets stronger when it communicates!

September Saturdays is unique in that it is held on two consecutive Saturdays in September, so that people have two chances to attend.  There is no cost to attend - charging for any festival feature might preclude someone from coming, and this festival is for everyone.  Festival expenses are paid by Douglas County and the generosity of community-minded businesses, so that the festival, parking and all features can have free admission.

September Saturdays is held inside and on the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville, Georgia 30134.  Parking is available on the Courthouse grounds and on surrounding properties.  A free van shuttle service is provided from adjacent parking areas.

September Saturdays 2015 will be our 13th year - and it will be bigger and better than ever!  Mark your calendars for Saturdays, September 19th and 26th, 2015!

September Saturdays

Festival Features Each Saturday

11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Festival with 8:00 p.m. Movie
Community Marketplace with over 100 vendors
Choral Concerts on the Courthouse Steps every 30 minutes beginning at 12 noon
Food Court
Children's Play Area with inflatable games and Animal Shelter pet adoptions
Family Amusement Rides
Fire Safety House
Computerized Child ID Program (inside the Courthouse Atrium, 1st floor)
Free and Confidential HIV Testing by Cobb & Douglas Public Health (cheek swab, no needles, no blood) with results in 20 minutes (inside the Courthouse Atrium, 3rd floor)
8 p.m. Outdoor Family Movie (bring your own seating)
and a lot more!

And, as usual, the Society will be manning a booth at September Saturdays, on the 19th.  Look for our banner, then stop by and visit for a bit!   Also, Saturday the 26th, will be Heroes Day at the Douglas County courthouse, 12:00 pm.  Lots of foods, interesting booths, and fun.




Military Convoy Re-Enactment

NOTICE: A heads up on a historic event coming in September, a Military Convoy Re-Enactment.  The convoy will depart Villa Rica on Highway 78 and then veer off in Douglasville and take Church Street thru town.  The organizers would like lots of folks on the street waving American flags.  Please inform all your friends and relatives.

Veterans Convoy!




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 08/31/2015 (last update)


This Thursday we'll be out in the far NW corner of the county -- Leathers cemetery and Willoughby Road cemetery.

John Gable and his stepson Wesley are doing a pretty good job of keeping the area clean around the Leathers vault, but we'll stop there just to be sure they don't need any help as John is in very poor health -- and I want to spray the markers with D/2 if the weather cooperates.  The Willoughby cemetery is just weed-eating and blowing, but it's big even though there are only two inscribed markers, otherwise all fieldstones.

Directions: From downtown (Chicago Avenue at the RR tracks), go out Chicago/Cedar Mountain for 4.9 miles and turn right on Brittain Road.  Follow Brittain for 1.5 miles to where you have no choice but to take a left onto High Point.  Go west on High Point 1.6 miles to the driveway at 9026 -- it's the first drive on the right after you cross under the big power lines.

Leaving there, continue west on High Point for another 1.9 miles to GA 61 (Dallas Highway), turn left and go 0.7 miles to Willoughby Road (actually just a driveway on the left).  First pass the old homeplace on the left (built in 1871) and then turn into the driveway of 9961 on the right.  Turn off the driveway to the left and hug the wood line all the way around the field to the cemetery in the edge of the woods. DO NOT drive across Joe Willoughby's hayfield!

I'll be at the Leathers cemetery in plain view from the road about 7:30. See y'all there.

Visitors always welcome.


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.

Missing Missing




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)