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 Dec 14 2018, and it currently has 286 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 <Private> Davis in family tree Bessell Family Tree.
Dec 10, 2018
Traci Gehrke joined another family site: Gericke Web Site
Dec 08, 2018
Morten Brønnum Jensen joined another family site: DamgaardogAndersen
Dec 05, 2018
Mitch Harrison joined another family site: Beresford_Gronau Website
Rosalind Menzies joined another family site: Beresford_Gronau Website
Gordon Davis updated the details of <Private> Davis in family tree Bessell Family Tree.
Colleen Bessell invited Gordon Davis to the site.
Colleen Bessell updated the details of Hans Andersen and <Private> Davis in family tree Bessell Family Tree.
Dec 04, 2018
Colleen Bessell joined another family site: Davis Web Site
Dec 03, 2018
Colleen Bessell updated the details of <Private> Lehembre , <Private> Snow , <Private> McGrechan , <Private> McKenzie and 8 other people in family tree Bessell Family Tree.
Colleen Bessell added <Private> Davis , <Private> Dumaresq and Eugene Dumaresq to family tree: Bessell Family Tree.
Anne Pashenee created a new family site: Haggerty Family
Dec 01, 2018
Josep Cooper submitted a request to become a member.
Nov 29, 2018
Carol O'Grady joined another family site: My Rafferty Side
Nov 27, 2018
Colleen Bessell joined another family site: Clarke Web Site
Kjartan Børge Barkhus Kristjánsson joined another family site: Hjorth/Poulsen Web Site
Rosanne Hargrove joined the site.
Nathan Clarke joined the site.
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