Terri O'Connell


About Terri O'Connell

Terri O’Connell is a professional genealogist in the Chicago area, focusing on Midwestern United States Genealogy, with a main focus in Illinois and a special interest in Irish research. She is also the owner of Cruise Planners – O’Connell Cruise and Travel (terri@cruiseplanners.com), a full service travel company. Their mission is to encompass the full family: vacations, reunions, and history travel. Terri is a travel enthusiast with a passion for genealogy and enjoys bringing the two together to assist her clients in their travel needs. You can find Terri online at www.facebook.com/cruiseplannersoconnell, www.facebook.com/tracingmyfamily or you can find her at www.findingourancestors.com for all things genealogy. Terri is the Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist.

Going In-Depth With MAAGI   Recently updated !

This week Cheri and the panel discuss MAAGI (Midwest African American Genealogy Institute) with Shelley Murphy and Angela Walton Raji. Some great tips where given during this interview. Shelley shares her So What Analysis Chart and her Timeline (where she uses a word document). We also learned about Angela’s new track, Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes. One thing that they stressed is […]


Book Review: Research Like a Pro

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, if you click on a link and purchase an item we will earn a small amount of money. Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder, AG, with Nicole Dyer, isn’t just a book for professional genealogists. It’s for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their genealogical work. It’s down […]


Hillary Duff and Molly Shannon 1

This week Cheri and the panel discuss the two latest episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? with actresses Hillary Duff and Molly Shannon. Meet the Panel: Christine Woodcock – Genealogy Tours of Scotland Mary Kircher Roddy – MKR Genealogy Melissa Barker – The Archive Lady Sit back and enjoy this episode!


Laverne Cox and Megan Mullally

Who Do You Think You Are? episodes 2 (Laverne Cox) and 3  (Megan Mullally) really kept us moving with stories that you really want to know how they end. Our host, Cheri, and the panel discuss these two episodes. Meet the Panel: Mary Kircher Roddy – MKR Genealogy Melissa Barker – The Archive Lady Sit back and enjoy this episode!