Searching for family of Margaret O'Keeffe, sister to my great grandfather, Michael O'Keeffe, born in 1852

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My GGrandfather was born in 1852, probably in London, and emigrated in 1862 to Boston. From there he migrated to Santa Cruz and ran a pub until he passed in 1927. He was very private about his own family, only mentioning a sister named Margaret. He was raised by his stepfather, but his mother was an O'Keeffe. He emigrated from Liverpool in 1862 and married Hannah O'Brien ion Oakland (she was from Skibbereen, Ireland) on 1/6/84. I am hoping someone knows of Margaret O'Keeffe, and can help me learn more about mystery Mike O'Keeffe's family in London and Ireland.
in Genealogy Help by Dave O'Keeffe G2G Rookie (190 points)

Michael’s profile for those looking'Keeffe-813

If he was born 1852 and emigrated 1862, would he have been with other family?
He was a stowaway and joined an orphanage when he arrived in Boston. When is grew up he worked the railroads and ended up in Santa Cruz.

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The Santa Cruz genealogical society May be able to help.  Seems to me they have obits from local papers which may lead you to the funeral parlor which in some cases is a great deal of help.  Do you have His death certificate?  It is 52689.

If he became a citizen his naturalization packet would have a treasure trove of info.

by Anne X G2G6 Mach 2 (29.4k points)
selected by Dave O'Keeffe
Thank you Anne. I think I have the death certificate and will check to see if his lineage is somewhere.

He became a citizen in Boston on 9/11/1880. Is there a way to obtain naturalization papers?
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Name: Michael Okeeffe

[Michael O Keeffe] 

[Michael Okeefee] 

Age in 1910: 57

Birth Year: abt 1853

Birthplace: England

Home in 1910: Santa Cruz Ward 2, Santa Cruz, California

Street: Water St

House Number: 16

Race: White

Gender: Male

Immigration Year: 1862

Relation to Head of House: Head

Marital status: Married

Spouse's Name: Anna Okeeffe

Father's Birthplace: Ireland

Mother's Birthplace: Ireland

Native Tongue: English

Occupation: Owner

Industry: Hotel

Employer, Employee or Other: Employer

Home Owned or Rented: Own

Home Free or Mortgaged: Free

Farm or House: House

Naturalization Status: Naturalized

Able to Read: Yes

Able to Write: Yes

Years Married: 27

Neighbors: View others on page

Household Members:

Name Age

Michael Okeeffe 57

Anna Okeeffe 57

John Okeeffe 14

Source CitationYear: 1910; Census Place: Santa Cruz Ward 2, Santa Cruz, California; Roll: T624_106; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 1374119

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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