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Welcome! This website was created on 18 Feb 2012 and last updated on 14 Nov 2019. The family trees on this site contain 2987 relatives and 267 photos. If you have any questions or comments you may send a message to the Administrator of this site.
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About Gurney Pennell Hisshion Wright
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This is a work in progress and involves the families of mainly Gurney, Pennell, Hisshion/Hishion, Wright, Kiddie, Varty and even Smith! The Gurney family originated in Winwick, Northamptonshire then moved to Birmingham, Warwickshire where a branch migrated to New Zealand in the 1880's.  The Pennell family came from Acton, Cheshire to New Zealand as one of the first settlers to that country in 1841, settling in the Auckland area.  The Hisshion/Hishion family migrated from Cork,Ireland to Australia in early 1838 settling in Sydney, John Wright migrated from Cumberland, England to Australia in 1854 settling in Melbourne, Victoria where he met and married Ellen Magill Roy who had arrived in Australia with her sister Mary in 1857 from Hurtletoot, Antrim, Northern Ireland. There are quite a few stories to be told, and they will be added to this tree as time goes on.  Feel free to advise of any errors or ommissions.   All living persons details have been hidden.  Thank you to my awesome cousins for setting me straight on some details.   Hopefully they have now been corrected but I'm sure you will let me know if they are not :)

Most of my BDM information has been gleaned from websites such as FreeBMD, Find My Past, amongst others; plus information from new found cousins for which I thank you, and also includes the odd certificate here and there.  On this journey, I have found myself being sidetracked and researching branches of the family tree which have led to some interesting finds.   i.e. Finding my mother's great grandfather Jacque Bettelheim's English naturalization papers was a bonus.  He was born in Austria although I have yet to find his birth record.   Some say he was born in Hungary so the naturalisation papers may solve that mystery.  The Bettelheim story is yet to be written here so stay tuned.
 Update on Jacque Bettelheim - his story is still to be told and I still have to find his birth record.   It seems likely that he was born in Hungary.
 Many thanks to cousins I have met while undertaking this project for the help and support, and especially to cousin Barry.  If it wasn't for him, I would not have got as far as I have. I do value the support and encouragement I am receiving for this website.  Any errors or ommissions please let me know.

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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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