Researching Your Ancestors, One Location At A Time.
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.
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.
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I had emailed Terri with a request for research in Chicago and she responded back with a very detailed form on what the process would be. I found Terri to be very thorough as she took on the research and provided the items I had asked for, plus she provided some extra items and answers to my questions. I would recommend Terri O’Connell for your research!
I hired Terri to pull records for me on several occasions. She pulled microfilm records at the Family History Libraries for Chicago vital records and Italian vital records. She conducted probate work at the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Chicago and worked on other smaller projects with me at repositories like Newberry Library, Harold Washington Library, and Pritzker Military Library. Terri is efficient and meets her deadlines. She has been a valuable part of my business team not only for pulling records but due to her creativity when solving problems and assisting with social media and marketing.
I've benefitted from a few RAOGK - Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - but none so generous as the kindness from Terri O'Connell. She took 5 hours out of her day today to ensure that I visited my gg-grandmother's grave in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago. (She braved the traffic driving in/out of Chicago.) What a treat to have an opportunity to get to know Terri better - she was the researcher I hired to find GG-Grandma Christina's last place of residence and grave. Anyone needing help finding their Chicago-area and/or Irish ancestors should contact Terri O'Connell.
Document retrieval is available at multiple repositories; IRAD – Northeastern, Newberry Library, Wheaton Library, Naperville and Wilmette Family History Centers, Illinois State Archives and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (requires travel)
Finding Our Ancestors works with clients to help discover their family based on the goals provided. Primary research will be with online records through Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and other paid subscriptions as needed. I am willing to go to a few repositories to pull records as needed.
Working with the goal each client has, we will create a research plan for you. If you have already started your research and are looking to get past a brick wall and need the assistance of a professional, we will analyze the records you have already uncovered and create a research plan based on the information obtained from said records for you to continue your research.