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Finding Our Ancestors specializes in Midwestern United States Genealogy, with a main focus in Illinois. With over a decade of experience in researching the midwest and eastern United States, our mission is to assist you on your genealogy journey. Finding Our Ancestors assists others with researching their families history and those in need of additional analysis to overcome a brick wall. Finding Our Ancestors is dedicated to assisting you in discovering the story of your ancestors.
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About Me

My name is Terri and I am more than obsessed with dead people. Genealogy began as a hobby for me in the 1990's. A few years ago, I started doing small jobs for other professional genealogists in my local area and today, I take clients that are looking to find their ancestors. My favorite research topics are 'Forbidden' stories of our ancestors and Irish genealogy. 

Know thy past, know thyself. Dr. Henry L. Gates

I am a member of many local (and some not so local) societies, but spend most of my time volunteering for the Chicago Genealogical Society and the Irish American Heritage Center's genealogy group. You can usually find me in the library at the IAHC during any of their large gatherings, helping others find their link to the ole sod.
 

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Flora by St. Peter's Church, Kona HI

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It's not often that I spend time researching my own family. Lately, it has been client research or the million other things that I need to do. Today, … [Read More...]

52ancestors

Bridget Curran remains a mystery, and will probably stay that way. She was born about 1861 in the state of New York, according to the few census … [Read More...]

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