I hope some one can help. My grandmother was a Keating and her Father was one Samuel Ffennel Keating born around 1853. He appears in 3 English censuses and in each it lists a different birth place Cork, Ireland, Guernsey, Channel Islands and Hamburg Germany. On his marriage certificate which I have it says his father is James Keating. I cant find any other information but my grandmother gave me, before she died, a document detailing some ancestral Keatings. The document was very official produced in Dublin and I understand it was used as a way of getting introductions to important European families. This ancestry starts with the above mentioned Valentine Keating and his wife Sarah Creagh and lists their 9 children. The pedigree is impressive and they were obviously a powerful family.
I am trying very hard to link Samuel Ffennel Keating to this ancestral link. There is much documentation on these earlier Keatings but I just cant find a definate link. Were my branch of Keatings just chancers who happened to get access to the more influential Keating's ancestry or are they truley relations.