Ford Family Tree
Linda Allen Bryant has spent over twenty years carefully researching her family's genealogy and the issues surrounding their claim to be the African-American descendants of George Washington. As a result, she has become an expert in early American history and race relations, and is well versed on the numerous laws, codes, amendments, and critical players of 200 years of U.S. history.
As the official chronicler of her family history, Bryant's research is ongoing. Her work focuses on preserving the collective heritage of the family patriarch, West Ford, and his descendants.
Several prominent print publications have interviewed Ms. Bryant about her unique family history. She has appeared on numerous news programs, such as the Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, and MSNBC. In 2000, Bryant also appeared in a PBS documentary titled George and Venus about the Washington-Ford family tie.
Linda Allen Bryant welcomes opportunities to speak about her ancestry. She has addressed the Black Genealogy Society in Denver, Colorado, and the National Black Genealogy Association in Washington, D.C. Bryant continues to accept invitations to discuss her family history and the many issues surrounding their story.
The genealogical aspect of the Ford descendants' history is just one part of their tale. The experiences of several generations of Ford offspring, spanning from the post-colonial South to the Civil Rights, provide informative insight into our nation's history. With this in mind, Linda Allen Bryant has published two books about her auspicious family tree.
Bryant's latest work is a nonfiction book titled I Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George Washington's African American Descendants, and is currently available through IUniverse Publishing.