Below is a list of links, sorted as indicated, that we feel may be helpful to you as you research your family and genealogy in Georgia and elsewhere.  A few are just plain fun and all are interesting in their own right.  NOTE: All links open in a new tab or window, depending on your browser settings.

Please Note: Although some of these links will take you to the web site of a commercial organization, DCGS does NOT endorse any commercial organizations.  These links are provided strictly as a service to the genealogist.  Now surf and enjoy!

And, as usual, please contact the Web Master if you discover any errors or broken links.

Free Genealogy Sites:

Obituaries Help - A web site with many resources and links, especially for the beginner.  It has four main sections; Obituaries Resources, Sympathy Resources, Funeral Resources and, finally, Genealogy Resources.  All appear to be quite useful

Free Family Tree Templates (or forms) - This is a direct link to a sub-section of the Obituaries Help site above, with dozens of freely down-loadable genealogical forms, in PDF format, ready to be viewed, downloaded or printed (or all three), and all at no cost to the user.  Unusually, permission is given to take the forms to a professional printer and have them printed in quantity.  Some appear to be a bit ornate, but still, all are useful.  And you can get some great ideas for creating your own, too.

Trace Your Family Tree - Provided by a Tree Removal (real trees, that is) referral web site.  Has a brief introduction to genealogy, followed by links to a nice collection of genealogy related sites.

Find My Past - Has a decently large collection of sources, all search-able on line.  State and County census records, and many European records, among other things.  More extensive collections are available with a paid membership (the Starter Package is $34.95 per year).

Ultimate Genealogy Guide - this British site contains a brief overview of the art of genealogy and a few links to resources.  It may be of some help to neophytes.  Take a look and maybe you will learn something - either useful or just interesting.  It was recommended by Jessica, who contacted me through our web site after finding a broken link (which is now fixed).  Thank you, Jessica.

Access Genealogy - this site contains a collection of articles and links to various genealogical resources.  The site has a section on Black Genealogy, Cemetery Records, Census Records, General Databases, DNA Introduction, Military Records, Native Americans and Vital Records.  Along the right side, you will also find a section dedicated to each state.  I hope you can find something to assist your research here.  It is, at the very least, an interesting site.

History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy - a site with a large collection of links to various genealogical articles and resources, authored by a Andrea Davis.  This site was recommended to us by Bailey, a young girl in the youth group being taught by a Julie, who emailed me through our web site with the information.

Free Charts and Forms - a collection of free genealogical charts and forms, hosted by the United States National Archives.  Dozens of genealogical charts and forms, in PDF format, ready to be viewed, downloaded or printed (or all three), and all at no cost to the user!  Get the forms you need to properly document your research.

Trees - a free section of Ancestry.com.  Start your family tree for free.  Connect with your family story and discover the what, where, and who of how it all leads to you.  One name is all it takes to start your family tree, but the more you add, the better the results -- every name is another piece of the story.

Look for the leaf.  Very soon, leaves will begin to appear on your family tree -- these are Ancestry Hints.  And each one is a potential discovery.  Follow the leaves and watch your family tree grow.

Getting Started With Genealogy on the Web - This is sort of a portal (hosted on a web server in Singapore) providing links to many, many genealogy related web sites (some of which are already linked here on this page).  It was suggested by a young lady visitor to our web site, Kelly, in El Paso County, Colorado. The first page says:

"The study of genealogy involves delving into the recesses of personal family history to learn about ancestors from a variety of eras.

By researching genealogy, you can learn fascinating and intricate details about deceased family members, including birth dates, where they were born, where they lived throughout their lives, who they married, the children they had, and when they died.

The Internet can be an invaluable resource for researching genealogy because many local municipalities and states make genealogical records available. Genealogical records include birth, marriage, and death certificates; draft cards; archived city directories; and U.S. census records.

Local libraries are an ideal place to begin searching for family history information because many libraries keep archives available for patron perusal."

I think you can find something there that will either interest or assist you.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - This is an online newsletter (and blog) with many interesting genealogy related itens.  Everything from software reviews to book reviews to tips and tricks to ease your research.  There is also a paid option, (apparently about $20 a year) but I really have no idea what that gets you.  Perhaps it is explained somewhere on the site.

Find A Grave - Find a Grave is a web site that records and presents final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience.  Memorials may contain rich content including pictures, biographies and more specific information.  This is a resource to assist in locating the final disposition of family, friends and 'famous' individuals.

Crestleaf - Crestleaf is a free online family tree builder that has been used by tens of thousands of people to document their family history.  Along with a family tree tool, they provide free access to 90 Million+ historical records, including over 1.7 Million in Georgia alone.

National Genealogical Society - The National Genealogical Society was founded to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.  NGS is more than a century old!  The National Genealogical Society was organized in Washington, DC, in 1903.  The preliminary first meeting was held on 24 April and the formal organization effected 11 November.

Georgia Genealogical Society - The Georgia Genealogical Society, is a nonprofit volunteer organization, founded as a friend of the Georgia Department of Archives and History in 1964.  Publisher of the "Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly," which contains articles, abstracts, Bible records, and book reviews.  Also publisher of a newsletter, "The Scribe," sent to members four times per year, containing timely short articles and announcements of interest to ancestor hunters.  Appears to provide very little in the way of online resources for non-members.

Carroll County Genealogical Society - The original county boundaries formed a rough triangle, beginning in the south at the point where the Chattahoochee River turns northeast from the Alabama line, then following the state line on the west and the river on the east to the Cherokee-Creek Boundary Trail.  Much of this original land now forms parts of Haralson, Douglas, Heard and Troup Counties.

Cobb County Genealogical Society - Located just north and east of Douglas County, Cobb County is home to many major Georgia historical sites including Kennesaw Battlefield and the City of Marietta.

Paulding County Genealogical Society - Paulding County was one of the ten (10) counties made up from the first Cherokee County and, at the time, was one of the most remote areas in North Georgia.

Campbell County Genealogical Society - Campbell County was formed December 20, 1828 by taking land from Carroll, Coweta, DeKalb, and Fayette Counties.  On October 17, 1870, the land lying north of the Chattahoochee River was taken, along with some of eastern Carroll, to form what is now Douglas County. Campbell County formally ceased to exist on January 1, 1932, when the remainder merged with Fulton County.

Military Genealogy - This is a page provided by a commercial entity (a loan company).  This is, in no way, an endorsement of their products or services, however - there is valuable knowledge and additional links available on the site. Mostly aimed toward researching those with military service.

Cyndi's list - A true cornucopia of web sites and links for any genealogist.

Genes Reunited - Discover what they never talked about.  Create your own family tree online.

Our Genealogy Group - This is a local group, based at Clayton State University, in Clayton County, Georgia.  One of the members presented our October 2013 program.

Family Search - This site, owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church) is indexing many records (birth, death, marriage, census, etc.) from all across the U.S. (and some foreign records).  You can search for your ancestors with little more than a name or you can narrow the results by providing as much additional information as you may have available.


Paid Genealogy Sites:

One Great Family - Claims nearly a quarter million pedigree linked names.  Find your family tree in the work submitted by others linked into the world's largest collaborative online family tree.  Offers a 7 day free trial.

One Great Family - Claims nearly a quarter million pedigree linked names.  Find your family tree in the work submitted by others linked into the world's largest collaborative online family tree.  Offers a 7 day free trial.

One Great Family - Claims nearly a quarter million pedigree linked names.  Find your family tree in the work submitted by others linked into the world's largest collaborative online family tree.  Offers a 7 day free trial.

My Trees - Claims to be worlds largest collection of family trees of its kind.  Search the world's largest genealogy, pedigree-linked database.  Over 1 Billion Records.  Build your Family History with a Family Search from Birth Records, Marriage Records, Death Records, and - of course.  Offers a 31 day free trial.

Origins - Search over 80 million British and Irish genealogical records.  Over 500 years of Wills indexes to locate a will no matter where proved.  Original probate documents available to purchase and view online.  Key Irish records for overcoming obstacles in Irish research.  Unusual, hard-to-find, older records to take the family tree back further.  No free trial.

World Vital Records - Numerous records and indexes.  Organized by state, UK/Ireland, Canada, Australia and World.  Offers a 3 day free trial.

Genealogy.Com - With the new U.S. Census Collection you can follow your family history decade by decade, getting reliable documentation of births, immigration dates, marriage, occupations and more!  An authoritative collection of passenger lists for all of America's major Atlantic ports plus European, British and Canadian records.  No free trial, that I can see.

Archives - With over 2.5 billion records, Archives is your complete solution for tracing your family tree as far back as possible:  Find birth, death, marriage, divorce and historic vital records from one easy-to-use search interface!  Discover new connections to your family tree with cemetery listings, obituaries, burial and military records, surname histories, and more.  Great for people at all levels - whether you're just starting out or have been doing genealogy for years!Claims nearly a quarter million pedigree linked names.  Offers a 7 day free trial.


Archive Sites:

Court System - A listing of addresses and phone numbers for Courts, District Attorneys, Jails & Prisons, Police Departments and Sheriffs, all across the U.S.  Make a phone call and find out exactly where the records you re interested in are located, and whether you will ba able to access them on the days you plan to visit.  Better than a wasted trip.  Thanks go out to Debbie (last name withheld), who gave us a heads up.

New York Public Library Digital Archives - Repository of more than 180,000 items, all public domain, with no permission required and no restrictions on use.  You will also find tools, projects, and explorations designed to inspire your own creations -- go forth and reuse!

United States National Archives - Repository of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government.  These valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you are searching for clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching a historical topic or event that interests you.

National Archives at Atlanta - This is the Southeastern division of the National Archives, containing records pertinent to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  It is located just across the parking lot from the Georgia Archives, in Morrow, Georgia, at 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia 30260, and may be contacted by phone at 770-968-2100, or by email at atlanta.archives@nara.gov

Atlanta Federal Records Center - The Atlanta Federal Records Center stores and services records from Federal agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Located at 4712 Southpark Boulevard, Ellenwood, Georgia 30294, and may be contacted by phone at 404-736-2820.  Closed weekends and federal Holidays.

Georgia State Archives - The Georgia State Archives identifies and preserves Georgia's most valuable historical documents.  This link allows you to search their records for what might interest you.  The Georgia State Archives physical building contains much more and is located just south of Atlanta, at 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia 30260.  The Georgia State Archives may be contacted by phone at 678-364-3700 or online.

Douglas County Sentinel - This is the local newspaper.  The site provides an online recap of the print editions local news, events, classified ads, shopping, obituaries, birth and wedding announcements and more.  You may find something of interest there.


History Sites:

Save the Hart House - Something a bit different; This is a link to a Facebook page, created as part of the first project of the newly incorporated Villa Rica Area Historical Society, a 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Villa Rica area.  Villa Rica has some rather interesting history.  It is, as far as I know, the only city in the US to pick up and move, lock, stock and barrel.  This occurred after the railroad decided to bypass the city when they laid their tracks.  It was decided that the effort and expense of moving would be worth it for ready access to the railroad.

New Georgia Encyclopedia - This site is a project of the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.  It has many interesting pages, and is a "work in progress," growing all the time.  This link takes you directly to the Douglas County entry.

Historic Douglas County Maps - This site, a part of the University of Georgia, contains historical maps of Douglas County. Maps from 1874 through 2001 are available.

Lithia Springs - A brief history of Lithia Springs, presented by the bottlers of Lithia, a natural spring water, Lithia Mineral Water, Inc.

GeorgiaInfo - An Online Almanac service of the University of Georgia, providing an extensive collection of writings on Georgia history, digitized maps, government descriptions and other information.  There are many historical maps, as well as place name listings (see below) that may assist the genealogist.

Georgia Place Names - Arranged alphabetically, with links to maps and other information, if any.  Did you know there are TWO places in Georgia known as "Dark Corner?"  There is also an alphabetical listing by county.  Where is "Hico?"  Hint - Douglas County.  Check it out.

Our Georgia History - An eclectic collection of Georgia related essays, documents, lists and links.

Georgia On My Mind - An interesting source of Georgia history, trivia and other 'Georgia Stuff!' This is a blog, created and maintained by one of our members - Lisa Cooper, who also writes the history column for the Douglas County Sentinel..

The Historic Oakland Foundation - The amazing Oakland Cemetery.  More than just graves!

Every Now and Then - Another blog that is an interesting source of strictly Douglas County and Old Campbell County history, trivia and other tidbits.  This blog also created and maintained by our own Lisa Cooper, prolific little gal that she is (another of her blog articles is also specifically linked in the Fun Sites section).


Fun Sites:

NASA Image of the Day - A spectactular daily photograph from the NASA archives.

Vanishing Georgia - Historically significant photographs of people, places, and structures from Georgia's past.

Adams-Cates Company Photographs - Adams-Cates Company (currently known as Grubb & Ellis Atlanta) is a real estate firm located in Atlanta, Georgia.  The company has been involved in dozens of commercial developments, throughout the metropolitan region.  This collection consists of aerial photographs produced to assist in the development of commercial real estate.  They document the construction of the interstate system around Atlanta and Decatur, the growth of the Atlanta skyline, and the rural landscapes of Cobb, Gwinnett, Douglas, Hall and Newton counties.

Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoon Collection - The Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoons (at the Richard B. Russell Library) contains 6,740 pen and ink drawings and 2,460 velox.  The digital database contains approximately 2,600 cartoons from the collection.  Clifford H. Baldowski, known by the pen-name "Baldy," depicted the local, national, and international news of his day in the editorial pages of the Augusta Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Atlanta Constitution.  His work is a rich source of information for those studying political reorganization in Georgia and the growth of Atlanta as well as the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, Middle East tensions, and Watergate.

The Atlanta Crackers - The Crackers were one of professional baseball's most successful minor league franchises.  From 1901 until 1965, they won seventeen league championships -- more than any other team in organized baseball except the New York Yankees.  The origin of the nickname "Crackers" is unknown.  Cracker was once a derogatory term for a poor white southerner, but it has also been used to denote someone quick and efficient at some task.

Celebrate Douglas County - The official Douglas County web site.  Here you will find a plethora of information about current Douglas County events and programs.

Douglasville Patch - This site provides local news, events, shopping and more, with intriguing articles posted by local writers.  You may find something of interest there.

How Douglas Lost an 'S' - An amusing, and well written, explanation of how Douglas County was named.  Written a number of years ago, by our very own Lisa Cooper (a school teacher then, now gone on to other things), and hosted on her Georgia On My Mind blog site, which is also linked under History Sites.  Lisa is the author of the history column for the Douglas County Sentinel.

Topix - Local news and discussion forums.  It should identify your location.  If not, just enter your zip code.


Computer Corner:

There are several software terms you should become familiar with.  Perhaps the most important are freeware, shareware and proprietary (or commercial).

Freeware is exactly what it suggests.  A program that is freely obtainable (normally by downloading) and free to distribute to others.  This is usually software written by someone that had a need, and the results turned out so well he believes others might need and enjoy it, but has no desire to get into the software distribution business.  Two of the best known are probably Firefox (a web browser) and Thunderbird (an e-mail client), both also open source.

Shareware is a try before you buy concept.  Shareware is free to download, install and try out.  It is often limited to a short period, a minimal number of uses or transactions or some other limitation, and then you must purchase a license to continue using it, but at least you know what you are getting.  And the price is usually very inexpensive.  Shareware is often similar to freeware in how it comes to exist, but the creator sees an opportunity to get a little return on his efforts.

Proprietary (or commercial) software is a commercially distributed program.  Think Microsoft Windows or Office, Adobe PhotoShop, etc.

Another term you will hear is open source.  This means that the source code (the near English version of the program) is freely available for download and inspection.  And even for modification to suit your particular needs, if you have the necessary skills.  Personally, I (your humble Web Master) love open source software.  I even run an open source operatiing system (Linux) rather than that proprietary monstrosity known as Windows.  All open source software is also freeware.  How could it not be?  Since you could freely download the source code and recreate your own copy of the program?  And customize it to your liking as you do.

Don't associate quality with price.  Some of the best software is either free or very inexpensive.

Another thing you probably should familiarize yourself with is Internet Shorthand.  Most of you probably know LOL (Laughing Out Loud), but there are many others.  How many know what AFAIK or IIRC mean?  Yet you are quite likely to encounter them on the internet.


Software Sites:

Genealogical Software - This is the the WikiPedia page describing the best known of the vast number of genealogical programs.  Of course the best known (and most popular) is Family Tree Maker, but there are many others, some free, some not, and some that were around long before Family Tree Maker was created.

Genealogical Software Reviews - This rather over-whelming site provides brief descriptions and user reviews of some 725 genealogical programs.  Don't let the sheer quantity intimidate you.  Explore!

Freeware Files - One of my favorite sources for freeware programs.  You will find programs to do almost anything here.  Try some - they're free!

Tucows - Tucows is an acronym for "The Ultimate Collection Of Windows Software."  The site began as a source for Windows software, but since its original inception, it has expanded to include Macintosh, Linux and Mobile (smart-phone and tablet) software.  Includes all the varieties of software, freeware, shareware and some commercial.

FileHippo - FileHippo is a download site primarily for Windows software.  I was never a big user, and have not used this site at all since my abandonment of Windows sometime in 2006.  But, you may find something of use there.