I am new to this and trying to find out where my Great-Great Grandfather came from, and, more importantly who his parents were.He came to the U.S. before the Chicago Fire so any records about him must have been destroyed in the fire.He is, to the best of my knowledge:
William "Big Bill" O'Donnell b. about 1838 Ireland (county unknown)
left Limerick for the U.S. about 1851 at the age of 13 years old at the height of the great famine.Is it possible his parents died during the famine?
He died in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. March 25, 1903
His son, Edward O'Donnell, was my Great-Grandfather 1869-1954
Edward's daughter, Florence O'Donnell-Finkbeiner, was my Grandmother 1905-1974
I would greatly appreciate any assistance in finding out about him!