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September 2017

Family Tree updates:

June 01, 2017 - 106,404 people

July 01, 2017 - 108,053 people

August 01, 2017 - 108,995 people

September 01, 2017 - 110307 people

Recently added information:

http://www.legacy.com (current Obituaries)

https://rip.ie (Current)


Useful URLs:

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates


This Arizona Dept. of Health Services' site has searchable records as well as actual images of Arizona birth and death certificates which have become public records after 75 years in the case of a birth certificate and 50 years in the case of a death.


ObitTree.com is the obituary engine of the National Obituary Registry and a hub for all things death care. "Our mandate is to put a better foot forward for funeral service by educating families, connecting them with knowledgeable funeral professionals and sharing in positive experiences within the industry".

Tips and Tricks– Surname Search & Advanced Search:

Since this is a one name study, focusing on the O’Keeffe surname, it is sometimes easier to find the spouse.  When searching surnames with prefixes such as “O’”, “de”, “Mc”, or “Mac” the database is designed to ignore them.  In other words, when searching for “O’Keeffe”, you may simply search for “Keeffe”.  If you want to specifically search for “O’Keefe”, put a space between the apostrophe and the letter K.  i.e.: “O’ Keefe” or “Mac Keefe”. 

The best way to take advantage of most of the spelling variations is to use the advanced search.    If you want to look for all the “John O’Keefe’s” (including spelling variations) who were born about 1870. Simply select the “Advanced Search” from the home page.  In the “Tree” field, select “All Trees”.  In the “First Name” field, select contains and type “John”.  In the “Last Name” field, select “starts with” and type “K”.  In “Birth Year” select, “+/- 5 years from” and type the year “1870”.  You can also set any other limiting criteria you may want. This gives you an idea of how to get the broadest range of specific information. 

Researcher Remembrance Page:


Cead Mile Failte

Kindest Regards,

Joseph O’Keefe

2017 June

Thank you all for helping me with this giant puzzle.  Please let me know if you find any duplicate individuals; people that may be in the database more then once.  This will reduce the number of people to search and make finding your specific people easier.  Just send an email with the person’s name and ID numbers. 

Family Tree updates:
Previous (May 01, 2017) 91,204 people
Current (June 01, 2017) 106,404 people

Recently added information:

http://www.legacy.com (current Obituaries)

Countries: Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, India
Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico,
Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Pakistan,
Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa,
South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, & Wales.

USA: Arizona (AR), Alaska (AK), Delaware (DE), Hawaii (HI), Nevada (NV), New Mexico (NM),
South Dakota (SD), Utah (UT), & Wyoming (WY)

https://rip.ie (Current)

Useful URLs:

FreeCEN are working on the 1841. 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 census. 
We are continually adding new transcriptions. For further details of how we are progressing please look at the following statistics page on http://www.freecen.org.uk/statistics.html


Please note this is a FEE based service. 

Starting in the middle of 2007, Findmypast scanned and indexed the 1911 census for England and Wales (including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). 

The site allows a free person search and returns of matching entries - see the side panel for details. Assuming you've found the person you are after you can then choose to view either the transcription for the entire household or view the scan of the original schedule completed by the head of the household. There is a charge for this, pay per view, of 5 credits to view the transcription and 5 to view the original schedule. Credits cost between just under 9p and 12p depending on how many are bought at a time which means viewing a transcript or the schedule will cost roughly 45p to 60p. Not all information is included in the transcript. For example the information against married women of the number of children in the current marriage can only be seen if you view the original schedule.

Tips and Tricks– Surname Search & Advanced Search:

Since this is a one name study, focusing on the O’Keeffe surname, it is sometimes easier to find the spouse.  When searching surnames with prefixes such as “O’”, “de”, “Mc”, or “Mac” the database is designed to ignore them.  In other words, when searching for “O’Keeffe”, you may simply search for “Keeffe”.  If you want to specifically search for “O’Keefe”, put a space between the apostrophe and the letter K.  i.e.: “O’ Keefe” or “Mac Keefe”.  

The best way to take advantage of most of the spelling variations is to use the advanced search.    If you want to look for all the “John O’Keefe’s” (including spelling variations) who were born about 1870. Simply select the “Advanced Search” from the home page.  In the “Tree” field, select “All Trees”.  In the “First Name” field, select contains and type “John”.  In the “Last Name” field, select “starts with” and type “K”.  In “Birth Year” select, “+/- 5 years from” and type the year “1870”.  You can also set any other limiting criteria you may want. This gives you an idea of how to get the broadest range of specific information.  

O’Keeffe in the News:
Still no progress on finding a tenant for Fermoy Business & Enterprise Park – local TD Kevin O’Keeffe wants Ministerial action
Cork East TD, Kevin O'Keeffe (Fianna Fail) has said that he is “deeply disappointed” at the “apparent hands off approach” by the Minister for Enterprise ...

O’Keefe, Bramwell featured in SBU senior art exhibit
The featured artists are Natalie O'Keefe and Brooke Bramwell. O'Keefe, from Granite City, Ill., is a studio art major, and Bramwell, from Nixa, is an art ...

'I made a cardinal sin!' The Chase's Andrew O'Keefe forgets format and gives away the ANSWER on Channel Seven game show
But despite his familiarity with the televised format, The Chase's Andrew O'Keefe made an epic blunder recently on the popular quiz show.

Granite City: Will O'Keefe
Athletic bio • Cross county: four-time all-county and all-conference; three-time all-region; two-time state qualifier; Belleville News Democrat 2015 ...

Same but different: Twin sisters Anna and Betsy Keefe step up for Benet
Benet seniors Anna and Betsy Keefe fear no one on the soccer field. Perhaps that's because their stiffest competition comes in practice — from each ...

La Salle Announces ASCA Hall of Famer and former U.S. Olympic Coach Frank Keefe As New Assistant Swimming Coach
Keefe is a 1960 graduate of Villanova. He's a member of both the Villanova Athletics Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Aquatic Hall of Fame.

A question of taste: Cormac Ó Caoimh, singer/song-writer
Des O'Driscoll sat down to get to know Cormac Ó Caoimh before he releases his new album Shiny Silvery Things. Cormac Ó Caoimh releases his ...


Cead Mile Failte

Kindest Regards,

Joseph O’Keefe

2017 May

Family Tree updates:
Previous (April 14, 2017) 90,410 people
Current (May 01, 2017) 91,204 people

Recently added information:
http://www.legacy.com (current, 2010 & 2011 Obituaries)
https://findagrave.com (2010 deaths)
https://rip.ie (Current)

Researcher Remembrance:
This is a list of O’Keeffe researchers who have pasted away.  
I would like to take this time to remember them.

Barbara Riley Keefe (2002)
Joseph Leo Keefe (2002)
LaVada Keef Charbonneau (2004)
Mary O’Keefe Hinkel (2004)
Lucy O’Keefe Westgate (2006)
Adeline Moscherosch O’Keefe (2010)
Allen Temple Beagan (2010)
Helen Dorothy Dotts (2010)
Patrick James Hannon (2012)
Jason Brydon Keefe (2015)
Gerard O’Keeffe (2015)
Catherine O’Keeffe Johnson (2016)
Patricia O’Keefe Bowes (2017)

Useful URLs:
TNG The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding

The O’Keeffe Clan Family Tree is built on the TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding) platform.  If you would like to learn more about the features and capabilities of TNG, just visit their website at:  http://www.tngsitebuilding.com
There is even a demo area to test the various features of the program.

Tips and Tricks– Data Integrity:

Place names:
When importing GEDCOMs, extra information is sometimes stored in the “place name” field. At one time I was also guilty of this. One of my favorite features of TNG (mentioned above) is the “heat map”.  
Heat Maps: Color codes on the Places, Surnames and Search Results pages now show the global distribution of surnames and places.
Because of the heat map and geo code mapping feature that I realized the need for place name consistency.  Notes such as “at home” or “St. Mary’s Church” have been moved to the memo line.  For the USA, the place name is constructed as: “City, State, USA”; “Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA”.  In Ireland, it is: “City, County, IRELAND”; “Fermoy, Co. Cork, IRELAND”.  Countries are listed in ALL CAPS.  This helps to distinguish the level of the place name.  Many place entries came from “Find a Grave” so it became the foundation for the naming convention and standardization.

O’Keeffe in the News:
Keefe excited to see what ‘Mike Squared’ can do for Boulders
Keefe, 43, is starting his fifth season as manager of the Rockland (N.Y.) Boulders, one of six teams in the independent Can-Am League. Two players ...

Betsy Keefe connects as Benet beats St. Viator, snaps three-game losing streak
Keefe, a senior forward, scored on a determined individual effort in the ninth minute Wednesday and the host Redwings edged St. Viator 1-0 in an ...

Steve O’Keefe, Shaun Marsh and James Faulkner slammed
THEY may share almost the same surname, but cricket legend Kerry O'Keeffe believes Australian spinner Steve O'Keefe is dead and buried as a Test ...

Social Studies: Toyota Racing's Jeff O'Keefe On Balancing Circuits, Differing Tastes
Jeff O'Keefe (@jeffokeefe) is in his first season as Toyota Racing Social Media Manager after spending more than four years with Richard Childress ...

Wendy O’Keeffe joins Dicker Data as non-executive director
Dicker Data has appointed Wendy O'Keeffe as non-executive director, with the industry veteran returning to distribution after exiting Westcon-Comstor ...

Positive signs for injured jockeys:
It has not been a great recent period for jockeys Australia-wide with a spate of falls, but Australian Jockeys' Association chairman Des O'Keeffe said ...

Creative Q&A: VCU Brandcenter's Kelly O'Keefe
Of the memorabilia and keepsakes that adorn Kelly O'Keefe's office in the VCU Brandcenter, the largest among them blinks in a corner: a circa 1980 ...


2017 February

Currently the family tree contains over 87.000 people.  Many thanks to the people who have suggested changes or updated their family information.  Additional information includes the 1851 and 1901 Canada census that been added to the database. 

2017 January

Happy New Year!

The O’Keeffe Clan Family Tree contains almost 70,000 people.  Sadly, 475 of those people passed away last year.

On the positive side, below is an article of an O’Keefe New Years baby.

1st 2017 Baby Born To Sackets Harbor Family

Posted Jan 02, 2017 6:14 AM EST

A mother who almost had a New Year's Day baby last year had the first north country baby of 2017.

Riana O'Keefe of Sackets Harbor gave birth to Eden Kamaka O'Keefe at 2:06 a.m. Sunday at Samaritan Medical Center.  Eden joins her father, Kyle, and sister Charlotte, who was due on New Year's Day last year, but was born on January 8. 

Eden's due date was February 2, but she surprised the family on New Year's Eve.  "It definitely wasn't planned and it wasn't the way we thought our night was going to go, but it came out great," Riana O'Keefe said. "Perfect way to ring in the New Year."  Eden was 5 pounds, 5 ounces at birth and about 19 inches long. 


Kindest Regards,

Joseph O’Keefe

2016 December
Merry Christmas Everyone,

The O’Keeffe Clan Family Tree now has the indexes for the O'Keeffe contained in the Ireland Civil Records. This includes Marriage, Death, and Birth records. There are over 15,000 birth records and they are in a separate database due to the possibility of duplicate parent information. Here is the website and search criteria:

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Birth, Marriage and Death results for Keeffe

The church records are being worked on as well but they are more challenging. In many of the marriage and baptismal records, an O’Keeffe may have been a sponsor or parent. They only way to know the O’Keeffe connection is to look at every record.  

Thanks to Kevin O’Keeffe for mentioning John Grenham. John writes about the National Archives releasing six additional collections. They collections are listed below and will be added to the Family Tree in 2017:

Catholic Qualification Rolls, 1700 - 1845

Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes, 1623 - 1866

Prerogative and diocesan copies of some wills and indexes to others, 1596 – 1858

Records of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1860 - 1921

Valuation Office books 1824-1856

Will Registers 1858-1900

The family tree is like a giant puzzle with over 68,0000 pieces and many still to be added and many still missing. I would like to thank everyone for their help on this project. Some of you have been with me in the beginning and it is hard to believe that it has been over 20 years. I have enjoyed this project and meeting new friends along the way.  

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kindest Regards,

Joseph O’Keefe