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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 May 27 2018, and it currently has 279 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 Christian Cornelius Buchelin in family tree Bessell Family Tree
Colleen Bessell added the photo 005218874_00590 to album Previous Generations
 
Yesterday
Carole Quinn joined another family site: Brightman Family Website
May 24, 2018
Gregory Francis White joined another family site: Gray's Family Web Site
Colleen Bessell tagged Unity Conway (born McGlinn) in 1 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged Sarah Anne Cott (born Spencer) in 1 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged William Cott in 2 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged Alice Cott (born Langley) in 2 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged Catherine McGlinn (born Lynch) in 2 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged Hugh McGlinn in 2 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged James Cott in 2 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged Helena May Wake (born Cott) in 1 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged Catherine Martha Blake (born Cunningham) in 1 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged William Blake in 1 photos
 
Colleen Bessell updated the details of <Private> Fradd , Mary Ann Hill (born Latter) , William Hill , <Private> Burton (born McGrechan) and 15 other people in family tree Bessell Family Tree
Colleen Bessell added 6 photos to album Previous Generations
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Colleen Bessell tagged William Henry Blake in 1 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged James William Cott in 1 photos
 
Colleen Bessell tagged Susan Caroline Cott (born Blake) in 1 photos
 
Colleen Bessell added John William Parker Wake , John William Parker Wake and <Private> Rising to family tree: Bessell Family Tree
May 23, 2018
Colleen Bessell invited Mary Fratus to the site.
Colleen Bessell added 3 photos to album Previous Generations
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Colleen Bessell updated the details of Susan Caroline Cott (born Blake) , James William Cott , <Private> Rising and William George "Bill" Cott in family tree Bessell Family Tree
Colleen Bessell tagged William George "Bill" Cott in 3 photos
 
Colleen Bessell joined another family site: Fratus Web Site
May 22, 2018
Colleen Bessell tagged Agnes Kane (born McGrechan) in 1 photos
 
May 21, 2018
Colleen Bessell updated the details of Thomas Kane , <Private> McMillan , <Private> Mountain (born McMillan) , <Private> McMillan and 23 other people in family tree Bessell Family Tree
 
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