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.

Season 4 of Relative Race Begins   Recently updated !

Cheri and the panel discuss Relative Race, Season 4 – Episode 1 from BYU tv. We give a brief overview of the teams and their motivation for the race. Meet the Panel: Mary Kirch Roddy – MKR Genealogy Terri O’Connell – The In-Depth Genealogist, Finding Our Ancestors and Your Genealogy Quest We hope you enjoy the show!    


Disaster Plans

With hurricane Florence looming over the east coast, Cheri and the panel discuss disaster plans for times of crisis as well as your long term planning. Meet the Panel: Melissa Barker – The Archive Lady Christine Woodcock – Genealogy Tours of Scotland We hope you enjoy this episode and it sparks some ideas for your disaster planning. To all our […]


An Interview with Laura Wilkinson Hedgecock

Our host, Cheri, and the panel talk with Laura Wilkinson Hedgecock about writing family stories. Meet the Panel: Christine Woodcock – Genealogy Tours of Scotland and Celtic Genealogy Cruises Special Guest: Laura Wilkinson Hedgecock Treasure Chest of Memories We hope you enjoy this episode.  


Virtual 1 Day Conference from Unlock the Past

Have you been interested in joining one of the Unlock the Past cruises but knew you could not afford it, yet you wonder what you are missing. It may be too late to book the cruise, but you can still get in on the learning with their 1 day conference in Seattle that will now be offered virtually, as well. […]


An Interview With Toni Carrier

GenFriends host, Cheri, and the panel talk with Toni Carrier about the IAAM (International African American Museum) that is being built in Charleston, SC. IAMM is set to open in 2020. Meet the Panel: Melissa Barker aka The Archive Lady – A Genealogist in the Archives Shelley Murphy – FamilyTreeGirl Angela Walton-Raji – African-Native American