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We are so excited that you found our site! We hope you enjoy your family tree information. We strive to document all of our sources and provide the most accurate information available. Please contact us with your input. Special thanks to Charlesetta Washington-Green for answering the call to incorporate a souvenir book into the family reunion during her tenure as Washington Family Reunion president. The family records she has researched, maintained, and organized within the souvenir books continues to be the foundation for the information on this website. Special thanks to Thomas Burnett Washington (root Turner) for endeavoring to document our ancestry. His genealogy journey began out of frustration in trying to find the gravesite of a lost family member. His research evolved into documenting family births, deaths, medical history, gravesites and other information and sharing it with his family. We hope you find the website useful in remembering those who preceded us and educating those that are here. Blessings as we all get to Know, Pray For and Support our family! If you have family documents, pictures or other geneaology information you would like to share please contact the site coordinator Lee Washington at or use the site suggestion form.


The Chosen

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying - I can't let this happen.


The bones of my bone

The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before. by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943.


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