MyAncesStory is truly a labor of love created by Bill O’Reilly and Becky Layne O’Reilly. Combined they have over 50 years of experience in genealogy – the science of discovering and creating family trees plus the facts and stories behind them. Together they have helped dozens discover the story behind their own ancestors.
The origins of MyAncesStory date back almost 50 years to when Bill’s father started his extensive hand-written notes and charts to create their family tree. Bill inherited these documents 30 years ago and immediately set about using the then new tools available such as the early LDS family tree computer programs. In time this family tree has grown to over 3,000 individuals spanning more than 10 generations.
Bill holds an MBA in Organizational Behavior and Development from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Eastern Michigan University. He has also received his Genealogical Research Certificate from Boston University. He has over 30 years of experience in management and client services in a variety of fields including technology consulting. These skills and extensive project management experience are of great benefit in the services we offer at MyAncesStory. Bill has taken courses in genealogy and is currently pursuing the designation of Certified Genealogist. Bill is currently the Vice President of the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan and a Delegate to the Michigan Genealogical Council, as well as Vice President of the Chelsea Area Historical Society.
Becky has developed her love of family histories for more than 20 years which now includes over 2,500 individuals spanning back over 30 generations over 1,200 years to many royal and famous connections. Her extensive experience includes overcoming dead-ends and sorting out the many conflicting and often fictionalized details to be found in the world of genealogy. She was a significant contributor to the recently completed indexing of the 1940 U.S. Census project.
Becky attended Virginia Tech University pursuing studies in Marketing and Computer Science. She is an experienced graphic artist and project manager which she brings to use in also developing the various methods and books we can use to deliver your family’s story. She too has taken numerous genealogy courses and is pursuing the designation of Certified Genealogist. Becky is former Treasurer of the Chelsea Area Historic Society and is currently a Board Member of the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan.