Category Archives: News

Site Migration

I’ve moved the site off of my home server onto a site hosted by This means that I don’t have to worry about patching the  software and it also means that the site should be more secure.


Finally: The New, Updated Site

After several years, and much consternation, searching for lost data and pictures, and finding most of it, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the new Keith Clan web site. Formerly created and run by the late Larry Keith, we unfortunately lost the “” domain name in our time of grieving and it was snatched up. We are now using

You will notice that the new site is a completely different format. The tools we have today are far advanced of what Larry had to work with in the late 90’s.

Browse around and you will find all the information that was on the old site, but hopefully organized a little better and a bit easier to read.

Laura and I will be rearranging the pages to make it even better now that we have published the site, so you may see changes in the format from time to time.

In the meantime, welcome back and enjoy!


Article: How to Spot and Avoid 9 Common Genealogy Mistakes & Errors

By Mary Harrell-Sesniak | Posted on August 7, 2013 by Mary Harrell-Sesniak

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary discusses 9 common mistakes made when doing family history research, and suggests ways to avoid them.

Link to article I saw on the Flip-Pal Facebook page

New Web Site Format

Welcome to the new Keith Clan web site and the new format. It has been a long time since there have been any updates to the information here, but we are working on making the site more accessible and modern.

Please be patient while we migrate the old data to the new format.

A new stone was recently erected for William T. Holmes

William T. was a son of James and Kenhappage (Keith) HOLMES of Harrison Co., KY and Vermillion Co., IL. William m. 1866 to Sarah JOHNS; served in 3rd IN Calvary, was personal bodyguard to Gen George A. Custer, and won Congressional Medal of Honor; moved in 1867 to Joplin, MO; d. 31 Aug 1916, while visiting relatives in St.Clair Co., MO. [civil war information on Holmes family supplied by Raymond O. Wilson,]

The Dynamite Fiend

dynamitefiendAnn Larabee has just published a book about the most infamous Keith in modern memory, Alexander Keith, Jr., the infamous nephew of Alexander Keith of Keith’s Brewery in Halifax.  It’s called The Dynamite Fiend: The Chilling Tale of a Confederate Agent, Con Artist, and Mass Murderer, and has some discussion of the old Keith Clan in Scotland. I think it would be of real interest to Keiths everywhere. It’s available in all major bookstores and

The Father of Hollywood

This a very interesting book, written by a Keith, on the history of the founding of Hollywood. Many of the stories are untold treasures that were hidden away in the family attic for years. At last you can learn how Hollywood got its name and who the Scot behind its creation really was. Nominated for many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. An added benefit is the author will speak at your meetings.


Written by Gaelyn Whitley Keith, who is a California native and a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. A writer, she wrote for South Bay Magazine and was awarded top honors in a national writing competition. Ms. Keith is working on her second book, The Father of Hollywood: After That.