Welcome to the Mac 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 Mac 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 Mac ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mac Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Mac family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Mac brick wall? Read "" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mac Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Mac ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "" can help accelerate your Mac research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mac
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Mac records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mac family history resource today.
Origins of the Mac Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Mac surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Mac DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Mac relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Mac research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Mac Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Mac ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Mac family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Mac Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mac 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 Mac ancestors.
Mac Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Mac was the 25361st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Mac Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mac, 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 Mac Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mac 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mac reunion.