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 embark on an O’Connell One-Name Study (ONS).
An ONS is a global study of a name. There are no limits to where the study can take you.
Once that decision was made, I handled the obligatory setting up with the Guild of One-Name Studies. For a few months, that is where everything was left. I truly had no clue what I needed to do to start this. All I knew was that the outcome should be grand and hopefully connect the O’Connell families as much as possible.
In February 2016, I started watching some of the ONS videos on YouTube (thanks Tessa for all the help in getting started). From there it was pretty simple to get started collecting the data. As for analyzing the data and putting together full family trees, that is for another day.
If you descend from an O’Connell or are married to one, I hope you will join us on this journey. It will be great to get to know each of you.