Welcome to the M'Neal Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the M'Neal surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching M'Neal ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The M'Neal Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the M'Neal family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a M'Neal brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering M'Neal Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding M'Neal ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What is the first census year to identify the informant in every M'Neal household?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for M'Neal
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching M'Neal records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online M'Neal family history resource today.
Origins of the M'Neal Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your M'Neal ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
M'Neal DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your M'Neal family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for M'Neal research?, then this FAQ may help.
M'Neal Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your M'Neal ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your M'Neal family history.
Networking with M'Neal Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful M'Neal queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive M'Neal ancestors.
M'Neal Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with M'Neal Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of M'Neal, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming M'Neal Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong M'Neal family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful M'Neal reunion.