My O’Connell family is my biggest brick wall and I have been struggling to break down for many years. It seems that with every wall that comes down a new one goes up. It’s just a temporary removal of bricks that create a brand new wall on a new O’Connell ancestor.
Once a month I go to a genealogy meeting at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL with the hopes of uncovering a new lead or possibly someone might come in researching the same family. Mostly, I go and listen; take notes on anything that seems might be able to help me.
Well, last week I went on FamilySearch because everyone talks about their Irish records. To be honest, I had been there many times and have never found anything for my family. However, this time I found the index for my 2nd great-grandfather, John Connell / O’Connell. Now, this is not new information to me. I have the indexed information from www.irishgenealogy.ie and have had it for a few years now.
But, there was something different on this index. John’s mother was listed as Ellen Fehine and not Helen Tehan. The names are very close and I can see these two ladies being the same person. So, within the next few days I was at Newberry Library researching and I looked up the index in the O’Keif, Coshe, Mange books. It took me a bit of time to make sense of the books (there are multiple volumes). But I finally found the baptismal information in there as well. Guess what, John’s mother was indexed again as Ellen Fehine. After I found that information, I gave up and moved onto client work for the day.
Well, after dinner I decided that I needed to look at FamilySearch and Irish Genealogy websites again. Maybe there is more family out there. Maybe her name is Ellen Fehine and not Helen Tehan.
Stay tuned as I research deeper into the new possible name for John’s mother.