CONVERSATIONS with a relative about the family’s history motivated former Wangaratta resident Peter Keogh to catalogue his ancestry.
He will be presenting Keogh family members, who live locally or in Melbourne, Albury and other places across Victoria with a 330 page book at a reunion at St Patrick’s Hall tomorrow.
Mr Keogh spoke with his grandfather’s nephew, Frank Keogh, at previous family reunions about writing a book about their genealogy and set himself the challenge of completing it while on long service leave.
He contacted relatives and consulted Irish and Australian archives to find information about his ancestry and found information dating back to a marriage in Ireland in 1767.
“I didn’t want to do a book of just people’s names, I asked for photos and stories about themselves, parents, or their grandparents,” he said.
“I focused on the one child who stayed in Ireland and the two who migrated to Australia and went from there.