We are so excited that you found our site! We hope you enjoy our new look and all of our family tree information. We hope you can find new information on your family. We strive to document all of our sources.
We are so excited to have found this side of our family! Joseph Bourgeois was born in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana in 1736.
It was great fun to see our family's journey to Louisiana on one of the seven original ships bound for New Orleans. He made the voyage with his wife and children from France.
Finding the old ship's manifest with our ancestors' names included was just thrilling! Tracing our ancestors and finding the DNA tracking was great.
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 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
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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