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My name is Colleen Bessell and I started this site.
This site was created using This is a great system that allows anyone like you and me to create a private site for their family, build their family tree and share family photos. If you have any comments or feedback about this site, please click here to contact me.

Thanks to all our family  who have been adding photo's and updating data, if anyone is having any trouble with the site, just email or ring me and I can talk you through how to add the photo's/data and how to print charts and books. All the Research/Photos that I have discovered is on this site. (Sue has found oodles on our shared Danish side, and I am slowly adding this as well). If I have any incorrect info, let me know, and I will try and research the correct info. 

Any extra info for individual people on this tree, ie War Service, family life etc,  can be found by clicking on the idividuals "square", then clicking on "View Profile", and scroll down to the other categories. 

I have recently discovered another couple of cousins on the Kirwan side (Agnes Jane Kirwan was my maternal Great Grandmother), and  am looking forward to picking Michelle, Kath and Robyn's brains.

Michelle has a great website called Michelle's Heritage, and she had kindly let me share some of her info and photo's. The hours of work that she has put into this is amazing.

 And even more recently (May 2014), we have another branch from Agnes Janes's Direct ancestors. Sir Valentine Blake, 1st Baronet of Menlough (1560-1634), and his wife Margaret ffrench were my 12th Great Grandfparents. I have done a little bit of research on their descendants, including the McLaughlin branch, which has already been excellently researched by Dr George Harry McLaughlin. Harry has a website at that is brilliant.

 The site was last updated on Mar 26 2015, and it currently has 287 registered member(s). A lot of the earlier info is as yet unconfirmed, but the names/places/dates that I have put in are from other family members, and other geneology sites. As confirmation of info is found, I will add it to the sites. If anybody has any birth/death certificates, photo's or any other info they would like put on, feel free to do so, or email to me (with all the details and I can add). Feel free to print out your part of the tree-just experiment with the print options, of a tree or book format. If you wish to become a member too, please click here.   Enjoy!

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