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John Dale Kessel

Current Location:: Orange County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Private
Husband of Jennifer Kram Kessel
Father of Private and Private

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About John Dale Kessel

I was born near Chicago, Illinois, USA and lived there until college. Since then I have lived near Orlando, Florida where I work in the technology field for a large company.

I've been interested in genealogy as long as I can remember. A couple of my earliest memories are of interest are:

  1. a school assignment (probably in the late 1980s) where we filled out a simple tree with our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents basic information. All four of my grandparents were living so I knew who they were, but I wasn't as familiar with my great-grandparents.
  2. my grandfather John Rizzo kept a folded up piece of paper in the drawer next to his bed which listed his father, his aunts, and uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents. It was interesting to me to see how some of the same last names were found multiple times in the family. This is scanned and can be seen here.

I am researching all parts of my family. My mother's side is half Sicilian from Altavilla Milicia, Palermo, Sicily and half Assyrian from Urmia, Persia and they came to the USA in the early 1900s. My father's side arrived in the USA and colonies earlier. My Kessel line specifically came from Mittelwihr which is in present day France in Alsace.... I have another line that came from Niederlinxweiler, Germany and other lines that came from the UK and France and elsewhere as I look back even further.

I have kept most of my info in Family Tree Maker for a long time so send me a message if you see something in my tree to see if i have more info that isn't on You might be able to view my profile at and you might be able to view my tree at