TerriTerri O’Connell of Finding Our Ancestors is currently offering the following lectures:

Researching The Forbidden

We all have family secrets. Stories that are whispered to a select few and hidden from the rest. Some secrets go with our ancestors to the grave while others are eventually exposed. Why do we feel the need to hold these family secrets? What can we learn about our past that will help us in the present and the generations to come? What records are available and what can you learn to sort out these family secrets? In this lecture learn what the records can tell you, even if you were not looking for it.

Scandalous Ancestors: The Strange, Weird and Socially Disturbing

How do you research ancestors who have made questionable choices in life? What are the consequences to researchers? Caution! This program deals with sensitive genealogical topics. Be prepared!

This lecture is 30 minutes in length with an additional 30 minutes for discussion.

A Journey to the ole’ sod … How I traced my family to Ireland; and ways you can too.

Persistence, patience and creativity are the key to Irish research. A Journey to the ole’ sod will show that researching your Irish ancestors is a project that you need to stay dedicated to. This program will discuss different ideas to help you move your research forward.

This lecture is 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

Finding Ireland

Finding your link to Ireland is a research problem that can take years to overcome. This program is 45 minutes in length and will discuss the different ways to go about finding your link. (This is the first half of A Journey to the ole’ sod … How I traced my family to Ireland; and ways you can too.)

Beginning Research in Irish Records

You found your link to Ireland, now what? In this program we discuss the beginning stages of researching your Irish Ancestors, via the internet. This program is 45 minutes in length. (This is the second half of A Journey to the ole’ sod … How I traced my family to Ireland; and ways you can too.)

Brick Wall Busters – Available Soon

Do you have a brick wall on any of your family lines? Don’t sweat it, most of us do! This lecture will give you idea’s to assist you with busting through those brick walls…

Planning an Ancestral Trip – Available Soon

Planning an Ancestral Trip can take a lot of time. This lecture will touch on how you will know the time is right, as well as places you should add to your list, and if / when you should involve a travel agent. (Available for 2019)

 If you would like to have Terri speak at your genealogy event, please contact her.



Terri tackles tough genealogy questions and subjects with vigor. She is a speaker who shares her knowledge in a warm and welcoming fashion. Terri is dedicated to the educational outcomes laid out in her programs, and always has time to assist patrons with additional questions. – Debra Dudek, Fountaindale Public Library

Past Speaking Engagements

Scandalous Ancestors: Strange, Weird and Socially Disturbing

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W Briarcliff Rd  Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Meeting room A
(630) 759-2102

Researching the Forbidden

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
7:00pm  (Social time at 6:30pm)
Lake County Genealogical Society
Mundelein Park District
1401 N. Midlothian
When entering, go past the main desk turn left and follow the hallway around to the end.

Researching the Forbidden

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
DuPage County Genealogical Society
Wheaton Public Library
225 N. Cross Street
Wheaton, IL

A Journey to the ole’ sod … How I traced my family to Ireland; and ways you can too.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004