I’ve been busy transcribing a long treatise on the life and family of John Keatingâ€ of Philadelphia, a “Wild Goose” whose family left Ireland after the failed Jacobite / Williamite War and settled in France. He proceeded to serve in the Irish Brigade of the French Army, and eventually settled in Philadelphia after the French Revolution.
I hadÂ the obviousÂ thought while typing it up that I should try my hand at writing brief biographical sketchesÂ of my own ancestors. They wouldn’t need to be too long – the goal would be to create something more colorful than a simple list of BMD dates for each ancestor. Obviously, each would be a work in progress, updated as more details and anecdotes are found. I envision adding these sketches to the family history thatÂ I publish for my yearly family reunion.
I shouldÂ have my first family member’s biographical sketch up after I finish transcribing my Philadelphian “cousin”. (I have another thirty pages or so to go, so it might take another week or so…) Perhaps I’ll even make this a semi—weekly regular article on the site.
I challenge readers to write their own biographiesâ€¡.Â Start with one of your emmigrant ancestors. Tell of theirÂ immediate family and the story of their immigration. Who were theirÂ wives? Children? What job or jobs did theyÂ have? Did they die at home? InÂ the darkness of aÂ coal mine? In a foxhole?Â If you want to share, I’ll be glad to host their story here.
â€ As far as I’ve been able to determine, John is unrelated, despite our families sharing common Irish names. More study is needed. I wonder if any descendants of that line have done a genealogical DNA study?
â€¡ Heck, write your own autobiography. You know your own life best, so it is a good way to get started, and your own descendants may thank you one day. Alternatively, Father’s Day is coming up – write your dad’s biography!