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Cork, O'Keefe Name Study

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Location: County Cork, Irelandmap
Surname/tag: O'Keefe
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We are especially interested in the O'Keefe family from the Fermoy area and the O'Keefe family from the Gortoe area and the Keefe family from West Cork. We would like to find their siblings, cousins and ancestors. This will be a challenge, as many died in the Great Irish Famine, and many others immigrated to the USA, England, Australia and elsewhere. So we will need to find early Catholic church records, which didn't begin legally until about 1829. We are hoping to find all the Catholic and possibly even Protestant church records from the area that record the lives of the members of the O'Keefe, O'Keeffe, Keefe, or Kief Families of County Cork, Ireland.

The goals of the Cork, O'Keefe Name Study project are:

  1. To find every non-living person with the O'Keefe surname who lived in County Cork, Ireland. and make a wikitree profile for them.
  2. To make a family tree including all O'Keefe who ever lived in County Cork, and connect that tree to the Global family tree on Wikitree.
  3. To find the origins of the O'Keefe of County Cork, likely old Gaelic tribes and clans who settled in North Cork, and connect our County Cork O'Keefe families to any earlier O'Keefe in County Cork or where ever they may have lived in Ireland.
  4. To determine the origins of the name and the Anglicized Gaelic forms without the O'.
  5. To determine exactly when and why the O'Keefe came to County Cork.

I am Sharon Troy Centanne. This is my great grandfather's sister's marriedname, in Rathcormac near Fermoy in North Cork, and my grandmother's sisters married name, and the married name of a possible Burke ancestor) , so I am especially interested in O'Keefe Family research with three O'Keefe lines that may or may not connect somewhere. !

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Add O'Keefe Family members from the 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland
  • Add O'Keefe Family members from Griffith's Valuations, Cancellation Books and Tithe Applotments records
  • Add O'Keefe members from the church and cemetery records of Ireland
  • Connect all O'Keefe Family members to the global family tree.
  • Add relevant sources
  • Help find Irish Roman Catholic and Protestant church records for the Ambrose Family
  • Take pictures of gravestones in the Lisgoold and Gortroe cemeteries, especially for the Ambrose Family.
  • Adding categories
  • Adding relevant templates
  • Connecting family members to the global family tree.

Sources for further research

  1. Church parish and Civil Registration online from irishgneealogy.ie - https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-records-what-is-available/church-records
  2. Church parish records from the National Library of Ireland - https://registers.nli.ie/about#about_background_header
  3. Griffith's Valuation of Ireland from the 1850s - http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/
  4. Tithe Applotment Records of Ireland from the 1820s and 1830s - http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/search/tab/index.jsp
  5. 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland from the National Library of Ireland
  6. Skibbereen Heritage Centre in Skibbereen - https://skibbheritage.com/
  7. West Cork Graveyard database - https://skibbheritage.com/graveyards/
  8. Cobh Heritage Museum in Cobh, Ireland where the Titanic had it's last port of call in 1912, and where the bodies from the Lusitania were washing up on the shores in 1915. Cobh is also known as Queenstown because it was visited by Queen Victoria about 1850.

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