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.


Chit Chat Live: Tips and Tricks of Heritage Travel

This week, host Valerie Eichler Lair and the panel of Chit Chat Live discuss their favorite tips and tricks to heritage travel. Each panelist gives at least one great tip that you can use when planning your next trip. Links discussed in this episode: The Heritage Tourist Heritage Travel for Genealogists (FB Group) Scottish Genealogy Tips -N- Tricks On The […]


Chit Chat Live: Interview with Ute Bradenburg

Host Valerie Eichler Lair interviews IDG writer, Ute Bradenburg about her beginnings in genealogy. Some websites that Ute shares: German Script Experts 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference (28-30 July) U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records 1875-1940 Basic how-to reading German handwriting Must-have German Word List from FamilySearch  


Unlock the Past Cruises to Alaska in 2018

We are excited to partner with Unlock the Past (UTP) for their cruise to Alaska in September 7 – 14, 2018 on Royal Caribbean’s, Explorer of the Seas. They have already confirmed Chris Paton and Dick Eastman as speakers, as well as the following: Dr Janet Few (England) Jan Gow (New Zealand) Caroline Gurney (England) Shauna Hicks (Australia) Cyndi Ingle (USA) Eric […]


Chit Chat Live: Genealogy Conferences 1

This weeks edition of Chit Chat Live takes a look at the National Genealogy Society Conference that took place the beginning of this month as well as discussing upcoming conferences: Jamboree, Northwest Genealogy Conference, Unlock the Past – Alaska Conference, Genealogy Journey’s conference at sea. For more information about the upcoming conferences: SCGS Jamboree Northwest Genealogy Conference  Unlock the Past […]