I began my journey in the Pacific Northwest, Washington's Puget Sound. It was a happy childhood, playing in the forests and on the beaches of Whidbey Island with my cousins.
Unfortunately, this was all to change. When I was seven, a chain of sad circumstances led to my removal from the island and the family that I knew. I would have no contact for fifty years.
I recently returned to Whidbey Island, visiting places of remembrance, and the graves of those I lost so long ago.
I found the wild rhododendrons.
The Worland Family in America and Beyond
I began my life in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, on an island filled with forests and wild rhododendrons. I was separated from my Worland family there at an early age. Recently, I was reunited with my family and learned of my heritage. And so, this journey to know my ancestors began. The Worlands, Gideons, Newtons, Conards... they were the colonists, the settlers, the pioneers. They fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War. This is their story, and the story of a nation. -Deci Worland MacKinnon