As co-founder and Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist, Terri spends her time doing the things she loves: bringing history and travel together. Terri has been involved with genealogy since the late 1990’s when she started researching her family lines after the death of her maternal grandfather. Once she started this journey, she knew it was something that would always be a part of her life.
Terri is a professional genealogist, lecturer and freelance writer. Researching since the late 1990’s, Terri specializes in Midwestern United States genealogy, specifically Illinois. You can find her blogging about her family at Finding Our Ancestors.
Terri volunteers her time to the Chicago Genealogical Society as Webmaster and Director, she can also be found at the Irish American Heritage Center assisting others with finding their Irish roots.
Terri also owns and runs a Cruise Planners travel agency from home. She blogs about her travel / photography at Wanderlust and a Camera.
Terri is the Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist. She is also a featured writer and author of Travels with Terri.
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What is your one tip for transitional genealogists?
Education is key to anything you do. There are many different education opportunities for genealogists: webinars, conferences, society meetings, genealogical institutes, certification classes and ProGen. Each of these education categories should be on your to do list. I highly recommend the ProGen program for genealogy business education and NIGS for the genealogy education.
What is your saddest ancestor story?
Wilhelm Jonas and his wife, Marie Lustgens had 14 children and raised them on a farm in Morton Grove, Cook, IL. In 1911 two of the children had moved to Chicago, at the ages of 16 and 17. On 11 July 1911, their daughter Martha was pronounced dead due to a overdose. A Rockford, IL paper told the story that young Martha swallowed carbolic acid because she had lost the attention of a gentleman suitor. A month later, on 22 August 1911, son William was struck by a city train while working and died. Two deaths, a month apart is too much for any parent to deal with. I can only imagine the heartache this family lived with during 1911.
If you could go to any institute which would it be?
Currently on my to do list is GRIP, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. I was hoping that I would be able to attend in 2013, unfortunately it has been pushed out on my wish list. Pittsburgh is close enough to home that I can drive, plus I have Pennsylvania research that I can do while visiting. Not to mention, there is so much to see historically within the state.
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Terri O'Connell is a professional genealogist, author, and travel specialist in the Greater Chicagoland area. Terri specializes in Midwestern genealogy with a focus on the families and history of Illinois. You can learn more about her services at Finding Our Ancestors (http://www.findingourancestors.com). Terri is also the Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist, a digital community that contributes to the advancement of all genealogists. You can find The In-Depth Genealogist online at www.theindepthgenealogist.com.
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