My name is Colleen Bessell and I started this site.
This site was created using MyHeritage.com. 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. http://michellesheritage.wordpress.com/

 If you're related to me from my Grandpop McKenzies's line, have a look at how far back that side goes. A lot of this has already bee excellently researched by Dr George Harry McLaughlin. Harry has a website at  http://www.harrymclaughlin.com/ that is brilliant.


I have added a couple of free standing McGrechan little tree's in the hope that I'll be able to join them up when we find the connection. I have also found a branch on several Ancestry sites, with a man called William McGreechan, who looks just like my Great Grandfather James. Funnily enough James had a son called James, who is the spitting image of Williams son William!

As a lot of our ancestors couldnt read and write, I have also put his tree on until I can either prove or disprove a connection.

So the current free standing trees are (just type in a name to find them) 


  •  John McGrechan & Mary Nolan's family 
  •  William McGrechan & Sarah Grant's family 
  •  Robert James McGreechan & Mary Unknown
  • Agnes McGrechan Russell & William Cahill
  • Michael McGrechan & Jessie Unknown
  • James McGrechan & Catherine McGrechan
  • Alexander McGreechan & Mary O'Neil
I have actually joined
  •  William McGreechan & Mary Shields tree to ours, as I am sure that eventually we will find the link. William and his son William look so much like James and his son James, that it is remarkable. I have added them in the hope, that others researching William's tree, may find the lin we need too. 

 The site was last updated on Sep 23 2018, and it currently has 281 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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Colleen Bessell updated the details of James McGrechan in family tree Bessell Family Tree
Colleen Bessell added the photo tna_r39_0347_0347g_002 to album Previous Generations
Sep 21, 2018
Peter Smith joined another family site: Watson Web Site
Colleen Bessell updated the details of Alfred Shaw and Joseph Shaw in family tree Bessell Family Tree
Colleen Bessell added 2 photos to album Previous Generations
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Lisbeth Schmidt joined another family site: svetik Web Site
Sep 20, 2018
Janet Henriksen joined another family site: Jensen Web Site
Doreen Neilson joined another family site: McGarry Web Site
Doreen Neilson joined another family site: Humphries Web Site
Peter Smith joined another family site: Lyus Web Site
Sep 18, 2018
Colleen Bessell tagged Ernest Edward George Blake in 1 photos
Colleen Bessell tagged Helen Louise Blake (born Pincombe) in 1 photos
Colleen Bessell added Virtue Blake (born Fimmer) , <Private> Blake , <Private> Blake , <Private> Blake and 3 other people to family tree: Bessell Family Tree
Colleen Bessell tagged Sarah Blake (born Coleman) in 1 photos
Colleen Bessell added the photo 31280_195109-00462 to album Previous Generations
Colleen Bessell tagged Elizabeth Coleman (born Pearce) in 1 photos
Colleen Bessell tagged John Coleman in 1 photos
Colleen Bessell updated the details of Virtue Blake (born Fimmer) , William Blake , <Private> Blake , <Private> Blake and 13 other people in family tree Bessell Family Tree
Katja Henriette Wass joined another family site: Tuunanen Web Site
Sep 17, 2018
V alerie Nicholas joined another family site: Shearer Web Site
Colleen Bessell invited Elizabeth Kipp to the site.
Colleen Bessell joined another family site: Kipp Web Site
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