Welcome to The Keough Corner - I decided to take the plunge and start blogging about my adventures researching my family history. I plan to focus on the Irish side of my family, specifically the Keoughs and the Murphys.
The Keough Side
From a tombstone and various church records, it appears that Andrew Keough left County Carlow, Ireland and settled in the Bonavista region of Newfoundland in the early 1800s. To-date I have not been able to find any records relating to Andrew's family in Ireland. Andrew married Catherine Aylward in 1827 in King's Cove, Newfoundland. To-date I have not been able to find Catherine's family and am still looking for our Aylward connection. Andrew & Catherine had several children and there are a number of affiliated families (the most common surnames are listed at the side). These families have settled in several communities in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and the United States. Hopefully you will see a family connection, we can pool our genealogical research and sooner or later we can make the leap across the pond and determine our County Carlow roots.
The Murphy Side
On this side of the family, it gets a bit more complicated. From tombstones, obituaries, various church records and family stories, the four major branches that make up our Murphy tree hail from three separate counties in Ireland. Michael Murphy (County Kerry) and Honora Butler (County Cork) each left Ireland in the 1850s, met and married in New York, moved first to Missouri and later settled in Nebraska. James Murphy (County Carlow) and Eleanor Kiley (County Cork) each left Ireland, James in the 1840s and Eleanor in the 1850s, met and married and settled in Nebraska. Both families had several children and there are a number of affiliated families (the most common surnames are listed at the side). These families have settled in British Columbia and several communities in the United States (specifically Nebraska, Oregon & Washington).
Now that introductions are out of the way, next time ~ how I got bitten by the genealogy bug.