I selected this folder for review this week because recent atDNA matches show promise and have re-energized my research on this line. Maybe I can find out where my Irish roots are….
Much more than half of this one-inch-thick folder was loose pages of clues or ideas of what, where, and how to find the origins and ancestors of this couple. I spent this morning organizing the folder and now I have bundles with sequenced contents:
- vital records
- census info (including a possible 1870 census listing for Patrick)
- deeds and land info & clues
- info on the linguistic origin and geographic likelihood of both "Keating" and "Dooley" in Ireland
- a very sizable bundle of censuses, family group sheets, and other info on Tom's 7 children and their descendants.
I have all of Thomas Keating's children and 13 grandchildren. I have some of the great grandchildren. I need to bring all of the grandchildren as far forward as possible. Then, I need to consider paying for one of them to do a Y-DNA test and perhaps find one of them who's interested in an atDNA test. Triangulation might help the analysis of my existing matches.
I have some of Patrick's deeds, but I need to find the earliest ones. I'm pretty confident that I have the right Patrick in a 1870 census in Ottawa County, but it says he has land and I can't find any deeds for him prior to 1874.
I need to find a primary birth/baptism source for Thomas F. (Fillamin). I'm going to have to get a system and just go through the Toledo Diocese records image by image…. Hmm, maybe I could even find Catherine's death record, circa 1887.
Perhaps the biggest thing my review today recovered is that I have a baptism record for Patrick & Catherine Keating's second child, John Keating, that gives Bellevue, Huron, Ohio as the location. I knew I had the baptism (since 2009, no less) but I had no recollection that it's in a county where I have never looked for the family. That's embarrassing!
- For research problems, review what I already have and then review it again. I know I've written that before but here I've gone and proven it again!
- DNA results may not immediately solve a major research problem, but they can certainly reenergize a search.
- Having spent a day with this folder spread all over the breakfast table, what I really need is a whole wall like the ones in Homeland or Criminal Minds or Blacklist where the whole entire wall is covered with documents, images, maps, dates, with boldly colored yarn connecting some points. It would stay up all the time, never having to be put away until the problem is solved. Yeah, I know I could sorta do that with mind mapping software, but it's just not the same.