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.

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    


An Interview With Melissa Barker, AKA The Archive Lady

Our host, Cheri, and panel talk with Melissa Barker about her job in the archives. Meet the Panel: Shelley Murphy – FamilyTreeGirl Special Guests: Melissa Barker aka The Archive Lady – A Genealogist in the Archives Some of the discussion went into the personal archives of our panel. Shelley has shared some pictures of the doll she discussed, as well as a […]


An Interview With Kathryn Lake Hogan of Looking for Ancestors

This week Cheri and the panel interviewed Kathryn Lake Hogan of Looking for Ancestors. The discussed her new weekly webinar series on Canadian genealogy as well as about some great tips for researching your Canadian Ancestors. Meet the Panel: Marry Kircher Roddy – MKR Genealogy Special Guests: Kathryn Lake Hogan – Looking for Ancestors We hope you enjoy!