A Major O’Keefe Find . . . Thanks to Fold3

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Fold3 is more than just Military Records . . . here’s how Fold3 helped me solve a mystery

You know how as a researcher you can just MISS something that is right in front of you? How about an entry in the 1860 US Census that connects two generations on my Austin line?

Here’s the setup: I just took advantage of my own offer to save 25% off Fold3 since I hadn’t used the product in a year or so (I let my subscription lapse). I did some cursory searches on the site for my surnames (Austin, Dence, Putman, O’Keefe, Sullivan) all related to my Austin line.

For years I’ve not found much information on David O’Keefe who married Catherine Sullivan about 1857 (I have their wedding silver handmade in upstate New York around 1856). I know that David was born in Ireland and Catherine was born in New York.

So imagine my surprise with an entry for the 1860 Census listing a “David O’Kief” appears in Fold3:

Genealogy author and editor Thomas MacEntee explains how he uses Fold3 to find non-military record such as city directories, US census schedules and more.

He is listed as a teamster on a farm with his wife and daughter. But the very next family is that of a Daniel Sulivan (sic) which is very likely the father of David O’Keefe’s wife.

Yes I probably could have found the same information at Ancestry or FamilySearch, but this was more than just serendipity. And here’s why:

I prefer the search mechanics of Fold3 and I wish Ancestry would use more of them on their site! (Note: Ancestry owns Fold3 which used to be called Footnote. Ancestry acquired Footnote not so much for its record holdings, but for its search and digitization technology).

This is what I mean:

Genealogy author and educator explains why he prefers the search algorithm available at Fold3

It is so much easier to designate Sullivan as a name and not a location. I can select Lowville as a location. And I prefer the ability to filter items using the left sidebar.

If you haven’t done a search on Fold3 under their non-military records, click HERE and see what they have for your surnames!

US Census, City Directories, Newspapers and More at Fold3

Did you know that Fold3 has over 2 million pages (around 100 million names), in its City Directories Collection with records dating back to 1785. Before phone books came into the picture, many cities and towns published directories of their residents.

Did you know that Fold3 has over 2 million pages (around 100 million names), in its City Directories Collection with records dating back to 1785. Before phone books came into the picture, many cities and towns published directories of their residents.

In addition, there are 2,318,382 newspaper pages at Fold3! And Fold 3 has US Census Population Schedules for 1860, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930.

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Plus millions of nonmilitary records

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*NOTE: Offer ends February 28, 2019 at 11:59PM MT. Offer available for new Fold3 subscribers only and not for renewal of current subscriptions. Billed in one payment of $59.95 for a one-year subscription. Your subscription will automatically renew at list price after the introductory 1-year offer.

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PLEASE NOTE: The post content above contains affiliate links. This means I make a percentage of sales via these links. This does not INCREASE the price you pay as a consumer. It simply supplements my income so I can continue providing as much free genealogy content as possible through my “abundance model.”


Disclaimer: All prices and offers are subject to change. Some items may be sold out and have limited inventory. Also check to see if you have automated purchase settings enabled, such as Amazon Buy with 1-Click: it is your responsibility to make sure you are getting the correct price for an item before you check out and finalize the transaction.


Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.


Content and Images: All content including images have been used by permission from each vendor.