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Keough

 

About the study

I started my personal family research in 2005 soon after a Keough family reunion. My cousin had done some preliminary work and brought a draft chart of our family tree to the gathering. I asked for a copy of her database and used it as a “jumping off point” to start my research. Beginning with me and working backward, I studied complete family lines rather than direct line research.

 Four years into my research, I was no closer to crossing the pond for my Keough ancestors. I needed to learn about the small community in Newfoundland where my Keoughs had settled. Since my grandfather was born in Newfoundland, I decided to start my research on the KEOUGH surname in the Bonavista region of Newfoundland.

 During that process I became aware of the concept of a “one-name study” and a “one-place study.” I joined the Guild to use its online resources and learn best practices. In July 2012 (and after being a member of the Guild for three years) I registered the KEOUGH surname. Since then I have expanded my research to all regions in Newfoundland, Canada and the United States. After that I intend to expand my research to Ireland, the United Kingdom, and beyond. My KEOUGH one-name study is a long-term project. I hope to interest others who share the KEOUGH surname to assist with data gathering and analysis. I also encourage others to be part of the ongoing KEOUGH DNA study.

Variant names

The most common variants of the KEOUGH surname are Keogh, Kough, Kehoe, and MacKeogh, as well as MacKeough, O’Hoey, Hoy, Haughey, Haugh, Hough, Keyho, Keyhoe and Kew.

The variants included in my KEOUGH one-name study are Kough, Keogh & Kehoe.

Name origin

The Dictionary of American Family Names states that KEOUGH is an Irish and Scottish surname. KEOUGH has its origins from the Gaelic Mac Eochaidh, MacEochaidh. The personal name Eochaidh is based upon the Gaelic each, meaning “horse.” (Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2003.)

The Internet Surname Database indicates that the spelling Keogh is chiefly found in the province of Leinster; the spelling Kehoe is chiefly found in County Wexford. The clan originated in the Leinster province, and the surname is common in County Wexford, as well as in the Munster province counties of Limerick and Tipperary, where the Irish spelling is MagCeoch or MacCeoch. In medieval times the MacKeoghs from Leinster moved from Kildare to Wicklow and then down to Wexford. (“Last Name: Keough.” The Internet Surname Database. Name Origin Research, Web. Accessed 21 Nov. 2014.)

Data

I am in the early stages of my KEOUGH one-name study and I started with my family genealogy. I researched the KEOUGH surname for individuals in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland and in the past year have expanded that research to include all regions of Newfoundland. Since registering my surname, I have conducted preliminary research in additional areas as noted below. Many of the record datasets are Indexes and significant additional research is required. My data collection and family reconstructions are a "work in progress." Please contact me if you have information to share or would like to work with me on the KEOUGH one-name study.

Newfoundland

  1. Transcribed the birth and baptism registers for selected communities in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland
  2. Transcribed the death and burial registers for selected communities in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland
  3. Transcribed the marriage registers for selected communities in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland
  4. Photographed gravestones and memorials for cemeteries in selected communities in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland
  5. Transcribed the 1935 and 1945 Newfoundland Census for selected communities in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland
  6. Compiled statistical data regarding the instances of Keough and variants in the Newfoundland Censuses and currently working on a Keough genealogy database file in Legacy Family Tree to incorporate the census data, the scans of individual census sheets, and the birth, marriage and death information from the records described in items 1-5 above, as well as interviews and requests for information from individuals residing in selected communities in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland
  7. Scanned and transcribed the Voters’ Registration Registers for selected communities in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland from 1890-1988
  8. Scanned and transcribed Newfoundland Directories for selected communities in the Bonavista Region of Newfoundland
  9. Scanned obituaries from local Bonavista Region newspapers

Canada

  1. Compiled statistical data regarding the instances of Keough and variants in the Canada Censuses from 1841-1911 and have started a Keough genealogy database file in Legacy Family Tree to incorporate the census data and scan the individual census sheets

England & Wales

  1. Compiled an Excel spreadsheet of the Index to Births for Keough and variants from the FreeBMD.uk.org and am in the process of adding data from familysearch.org, and findmypast.co.uk 
  2. Compiled an Excel spreadsheet of the Index to Marriages for Keough and variants from the FreeBMD.uk.org and am in the process of adding data from familysearch.org, and findmypast.co.uk
  3. Compiled an Excel spreadsheet of the Index to Deaths for Keough and variants from the FreeBMD.uk.org and am in the process of adding data from familysearch.org, and findmypast.com
  4. Compiled an Excel spreadsheet of data from the War Graves Commission website for an Index to War Dead for Keough and variants, to be updated by adding data from additional websites
  5. Compiled statistical data regarding the instances of Keough and variants in the UK and Wales Censuses from 1841-1911 and have started a Keough genealogy database file in Legacy Family Tree to incorporate the census data and scan the individual census sheets (indexes from familysearch.org and records from findmypast.com)

Ireland

  1. Compiled an Excel spreadsheet of the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census for Keough and variants including links to the actual census sheets and have started a Keough genealogy database file in Legacy Family Tree to incorporate the census data.

Scotland

  1. Compiled statistical data regarding the instances of Keough and variants in the Scotland Censuses from 1841-1891 and have started a Keough genealogy database file in Legacy Family Tree to incorporate the census data (indexes from familysearch.org and records from findmypast.com)

USA

  1. Compiled an Excel spreadsheet of the Social Security Death Index for Keough and variants from AmericanAncestors.org and am in the process of adding data as it becomes available
  2. Compiled statistical data regarding the instances of Keough and variants in the USA Censuses from 1790-1940 and have started a Keough genealogy database file in Legacy Family Tree to incorporate the census data and scan the individual census sheets
  3. Compiled an Excel spreadsheet of the US Veterans Administration Gravesite Locator records for Keough and variants for all burials in private, state and national cemeteries for veterans’ burials
  4. Compiled an Excel spreadsheet of the search results for Keough and variants from FindaGrave.com

Links

I have a blog called The Keough Corner which includes my family history and a little bit about my research to-date.

I can be easily be found at Google+ (my profile  is +TessaKeough) and to a lesser extent on Facebook  and Twitter. 

I have a YouTube Channel where some of my genealogy and technology videos relating to one-name studies can be found (TessaWatch).

If you have information you would like to contribute or if you would like to join with me in the KEOUGH one-name study (I am always looking for KEOUGHs in other places to lend a hand) please contact me as I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading and please check back as I plan to update my KEOUGH profile on a regular basis.  ~ Tessa 

 

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