Introducing The Keenan – Cavanagh Tree

A few members of my family are interested in family history, and several years ago I decided to take the lead and do something about it. In other words rather than talk about it – do some actual research. Funny thing is, the research involves an enormous part of talking about it after all.

It would be wrong to imply I work alone, there has been help from numerous family sources, dipping in and helping when required. There has been support when things got tricky or confusing, assistance in finding records, and re-telling of old stories and family legends to try and tie everything together.

Where to Start?

The starting place for the research was with my parents, and then working backwards.

Christina Cavanagh and James Keenan

So that gives you two distinct lines. Luckily we have always been close to both sides of the family and were quickly able to identify the specifics areas that both lines came from. The Keenans from the Meath (traced from Battramstown) area of Ireland, and the Cavanaghs (traced from Derryfeacle) from the Roscommon.

Obviously the further back you go you introduce new names to the family. Also I’ve decided that to include the lines of any spouses that marry into the family.

  • Yes, it makes things more complicated.
  • Yes, it makes things exponentially larger.
  • (But) Yes, it makes things more fun.

My policy is: If we know about it, we record it.

Wedding Day

Jim Keenan and Christina Cavanagh who were married on the 11th June 1956 in St Michans Church, Dublin 2

Scope
This site is an online version of my genealogical research following the family tree of my parents Jim Keenan and Christina Cavanagh.  The family tree research can trace the Keenan family to Battramstown, Meath and the Cavanagh family to Derryfeacle, Roscommon, with a whole host of other lines.

I have chosen to limit the scope and  ‘privatize’  living people on the online version of the tree. Also facts that I have defined as ‘private’ are not shown.

 Family Tree research has become more popular in recent times, and the internet has been instrumental in this, making record access possible from your desktop.

I have provided a list of useful links on the links page for those who wish to investigate further.  Some of these genealogy sites are free, others are pay sites.

There will be periodic updates to the site, and any corrections, additions, or deletions of data will be done in a structured manner.

I have also tried to include all ancillary lines of the family tree so it of as much use to as many people as possible.  However, the primary focus of my research is on the Keenan/Cavanagh lines.

Acknowledgements and Thanks

This is not the work of one person, and I’d like to acknowledge the input that everyone has had. Where possible, I have named a source, though in truth I lost a lot on the way. (Remember to always backup everyone!). Many researchers that have intersected parts of our tree have been very generous in sharing information and giving advice. So thank you to all the family, friends, and virtual strangers that have helped out along the way. In the same spirit, SlanAbhaile.com represents years of work and hopefully will be of use to other researchers following these genealogical lines.

Scope of Work / Site

As it the nature of this type of project, it is not (possibly never will be!) finished. There will be periodic updates to the site, and any corrections, additions, or deletions of data will be done in a structured manner.

I have also tried to include all ancillary lines of the family tree so it of as much use to as many people as possible. However, the primary focus of my research is on the Keenan/Cavanagh lines.

Privacy: the online version of the family tree is restricted in scope. I have attempted to excluded information that may be of sensitive or private. I have chosen to ‘privatize’ living people unless I have specific permission to use their details. This excludes all details including their names etc.

Fact Requests: Sometimes I get requests to remove facts from my research. This will not be done where it is a proven fact. My policy is to record all information. However, I will consider omitting this data from public view where a reasonable case can be made, e.g. to minimise the risk of someone using any information in a devious, illegal, or immoral way. Please note this is best endeavour, and no liability can result in accidental publishing of any of these facts.

NOTE THAT THIS IS A ONGOING WORK IN PROGRESS AND THE SITE WILL BE [HOPEFULLY] UPDATED ON A REGULAR BASIS.

This site is dedicated to the memory of Jim and Christina Keenan

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