|by Cornelis van Wessel, B.Sc. (Edin.),
BA (Hons., Open)
My interest in van Wessel family research started in the
1970's (probably after some gathering or other), but it was greatly
boosted when my brother Jan started collecting data from 'serious'
sources, building up a good body of quality material. With our
move to Scotland (1980) there was little we could do and during
the 1980's Jan's work also came to a halt. However, some progress
was made when he came in contact with Marja who had researched
the 'Huizen cluster'. In the mid-1990's I began searching the
Internet, but there was little material available. Over the last
seven years the increasing quality and quantity of sources has
made online research more feasable, although the serious work
for our early roots can only be done in the various archives.
Recently I have come in contact with Henry (the husband of a 6th
cousin once removed), who helped clear up the history of the 'Didam
cluster' researched by his brother-in-law. Jan is also active
again and working on the Didam material, his pedigree and many
loose ends. So this is as good a time and place as any to build
With this website I hope to create a quality source of information
and an on-line centre for the exchange of information about the
van Wessel family. It is of little use to keep this work to ourselves,
as with any research, there comes a point where the information
has to brought out in the open. This is as good a place as any
to try and do that. We hope, however, that our guests will not
just take away snippets of information, but also give something
back. The least thing we ask for is to give in return some information
about yourselves and your direct family (children, spouse, parents
and grandparents or more if you like). We will than try to link
you in and update out on-line date, so that others can benefit.
We also hope that the mailinglist and chat area (only available
to approved members) will be used for discussions about the family.
Currently we are working in two directions, Jan is concentrating
on the origins of the family while I hope to
link living van Wessels to the 'main tree', as
I am convinced that all van Wessels are related, except those
families that have addopted the name. I am also interested in
the world wide distribution of van Wessels and
early 'migration patterns' from what we believe
must be the source, the hamlet of Wessel near Barneveld in Gelderland
(NL). I hope to make as much material available on-line as possible,
although I have to respect peoples privacy. I will therefor only
make use of information that is in the public domain. Personal
notes of living family members will not be compromised (see our
for what we will and will not place on-line).
I am currently entering Jan's database into a
comprehenive genealogy package (Legacy
4.0 Family Tree Deluxe). It will make it easier to keep track
of the many names (over 1,200 entered so far) and the way they
are related. Legacy also helps with searches, creating 'on-demand'
custom reports and GEDCOM files for easy exchange of data and
publication of such material on-line.
Read more on our reasearch in detail (Part-1
or read about the hamlet
of Wessel, the van Wessel Coat
of Arms or go home.
this page forms part of the van Wessel website (www.vanwessel.info)
If you use material from this website please refer to www.vanwessel.info.