Category: Surname Research

Titanic Victim: Patrick D. O’Connell

Titanic Victim: Patrick D. O’Connell

With the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I though we should take a look at the records on Ancestry to see how many O’Connell’s were on board the ship, that fateful night. UK, RMS Titanic, Crew Records  #636 (hand written on the […]

Death of Children in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland

Death of Children in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland

A few years back I read an article that broke my heart, the story was reporting that the remains of children found at the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Galway, Ireland. Over the past two years an investigation has been conducted and it has been […]

Parameters and Databases for This Study

Parameters and Databases for This Study

For the last few months I have been contemplating what the parameters would be for this study. Where and how I would collect my data once I moved from spreadsheets. I know that currently my data is still small in numbers, especially the family tree […]

Margaret Catherine O’Connell

Margaret Catherine O’Connell

This weeks photo is of Margaret Catherine O’Connell contributed by D. Elfendahl from the County Kerry Genealogy Facebook Group.  Margaret was born on 20 Apr 1866 Cork City, County Cork, Ireland  to Jeremiah and Anne (Hannon) O’Connell. She was baptized at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church on […]

Visiting Quebec O’Connell Cousins

Visiting Quebec O’Connell Cousins

Visiting Quebec, spending time with O’Connell cousins. The young woman in the center, without a hat, is Mary Ellen O’Connell (born July 31, 1902 in Montreal) she is visiting her O’Connell cousins in Quebec City in 1918. The boy is Thomas Cornelius O’Connell (born July 2, […]

Correcting Mistakes and Learning More

Correcting Mistakes and Learning More

As we work on correcting the data for the O’Connell name in the different census’ we continue to learn more about the search functions on the different websites. My first error, I shared in the post I Made a Mistake. Recently I learned a bit […]

I Made a Mistake

I Made a Mistake

I made a mistake and it’s one I should have thought about. When I collected the data from FamilySearch on the number of times the O’Connell name comes up (and all its variants), I did not search for OConnell. This is a huge mistake for anyone […]

Scottish Census Data

Scottish Census Data

After looking at the Irish Census, and how minimal the listings are for the O’CONNELL surname, I though it would be a good idea to take a look at neighboring Scotland. I find it odd that in 1891 Scotland had 5716 people enumerated with the O’CONNELL […]

Irish Census Records

Irish Census Records

A few weeks ago I started collecting census data for all the variant names of O’CONNELL. The following spreadsheet shows how often the name shows up in each census in Ireland. The first full census was taken in 1821. It is important to note that […]

The Beginning of the ONS

The Beginning of the ONS

In 2015 I had a discussion with a few others that are also interested in researching the O’Connell name. Our biggest question was, “why is there no in-depth research on the O’Connells?” With no real answer to our question, it was decided that we should […]