Welcome to the MacArthur 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 MacArthur 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 MacArthur ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacArthur Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single MacArthur family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my MacArthur ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacArthur Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor preceeded by a prefix. In the case of MacArthur, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Scottish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Arthur." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
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 MacArthur ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find MacArthur my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacArthur
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching MacArthur records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacArthur family history resource today.
Origins of the MacArthur 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 MacArthur surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
MacArthur DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two MacArthur ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your MacArthur research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
MacArthur Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacArthur ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Orphans and Illegitimate Children" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your MacArthur family history.
Networking with MacArthur Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacArthur 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 MacArthur ancestors.
MacArthur Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that MacArthur was the 6535th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with MacArthur Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacArthur, 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 MacArthur Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other MacArthur family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacArthur reunion.