Welcome to the M'Niel 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'Niel 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'Niel ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The M'Niel Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the M'Niel family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a M'Niel brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering M'Niel Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding M'Niel 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'Niel household?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for M'Niel
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching M'Niel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online M'Niel family history resource today.
Origins of the M'Niel Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the M'Niel last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your M'Niel ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
M'Niel 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'Niel family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your M'Niel research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
M'Niel 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'Niel 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'Niel family history.
Networking with M'Niel 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful M'Niel 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'Niel ancestors.
M'Niel Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with M'Niel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of M'Niel, 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."
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Upcoming M'Niel Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong M'Niel 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful M'Niel reunion.