|About The BINNIE & MANSOUR families
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I started researching the Binnie family in the mid-1990s, from a detailed chart originally drawn up by Gill`s Uncle Rod. Aunt Maud then spent some time with me at our farm at Christon Bank filling in gaps, adding dates and new arrivals, and providing details of some of Granny Binnie`s family, all from memory! When Gill and I visited cousins in the Lebanon in the mid-1997, I took my notebook computer with me. With the help of Hanna Wakim, Anis Francis, Nakhle Francis and Youssef Khalaf, who very patiently translated from the original Arabic parish records, many more cousins were added to the other branches of the Mansour family. They also made sure we met as many of the cousins who were still alive as we could possibly fit in during our regrettably brief stay! Then, in 1998, after we had decided to emigrate to New Zealand, Aunt Maud very kindly consented to my borrowing many of the old family photos in her collection, from which I made notes and scanned images before returning them to her. Since arriving in New Zealand in February 1999, I`ve also made considerable progress investigating George Binnie`s ancestors. The results of this research are presented here for the first time, and will be new to you too. I hope you find it interesting. The web site doesn`t have the capability to expand stories about individuals in the tree to any great extent, but I hope to do that on another site in due course. The last four years or so have proved to be a watershed for the branch of the family who had settled in Zimbabwe. Although perhaps not quite as extreme as that caused by the Lebanese civil war during the late 1970s and 1980s, it has resulted in most of the Binnie clan emigrating once again, like so many other members had done previously in the last hundred years. This web site has been a long time coming - sorry to Hilary and Michelle, who have both asked for some sort of contribution ages ago - but I hope it will go some way to bringing the now widely separated branches of the family a little closer together. The fact that you need a password to enter this site means that, although it is on the internet, it`s not accessible to the general public, and private information such as dates of birth are therefore not available to all and sundry. Please feel free to pass on the URL/address and password to other family members. I would also encourage you to please send in any details missing from the site, new additions to the family, and photos (either recent or old) which you think may be of interest. I have loaded many of those from my own collection, but I`ll do my best do get a good selection of any other contributions online as soon as possible. Please take a moment to read and leave a message in the Guest Book too - it`s always good to see who has visited the site recently! If you would like higher resolution versions of any of the photos on this site, please let me know, and I`ll be happy to send them by email. With love and best wishes,