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.

Immunity and Cousin Connections on Relative Race; Adoptees Search for Biological Ties on Long Lost Family

Cheri and the panel share the events of Day 8. Will Joe stop to do his laundry? They also discuss the emotional reunions of two adoptive children with their birth parents. Meet the Panel: Mary Kirch Roddy – MKR Genealogy Christine Woodcock – Genealogy Tours of Scotland We hope you enjoy the show!  


The Strike Returns on Relative Race and Sons Connect on Long Lost Family

Cheri and the panel talk about Day 7 of Relative Race. Who gets the strike? Is anyone going home? And on Long Lost Family, tears as two sons are located and meet their biological families. Meet the Panel: Mary Kirch Roddy – MKR Genealogy Christine Woodcock – Genealogy Tours of Scotland We hope you enjoy the show!  


Why Should You Consider Testing Older Relatives Before Exploring Your Own Genetic Genealogy?

Why should you consider testing older relatives before exploring your own genetic genealogy? The answer lies in genetic inheritance patterns. There are four types of genetic inheritance patterns which genetic genealogists apply to family history research: mtDNA, Y-DNA, X-DNA and autosomal DNA. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is inherited from an individual’s mother. She, in turn, inherited it from her mother in a […]


The Competition is on 4

Cheri and the panel discuss the competition on Season 4, Episode 2 of Relative Race from BYUtv. Meet the Panel: Mary Kirch Roddy – MKR Genealogy Terri O’Connell – The In-Depth Genealogist, Finding Our Ancestors and Your Genealogy Quest Links we Discussed: Buzzardtown Tongue Twisters We hope you enjoy the show!     Need help understanding DNA? A Beginners In-Brief Guide to Genetics is available […]