The MacDonald Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the MacDonald 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 MacDonald 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 MacDonald ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The MacDonald Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single MacDonald family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my MacDonald family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacDonald 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 MacDonald, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Scottish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Donald." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.

MacDonald Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding MacDonald ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were MacDonald births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacDonald

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 count of matching MacDonald records matching MacDonald records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacDonald family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the MacDonald Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the MacDonald last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your MacDonald ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that MacDonald is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

MacDonald 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 MacDonald 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 MacDonald research?, then this FAQ may help.

MacDonald 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 MacDonald 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 MacDonald family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with MacDonald Researchers

When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacDonald 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 MacDonald ancestors.

MacDonald Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that MacDonald was the 821st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with MacDonald Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacDonald, 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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RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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Recently Discovered MACDONALD Clippings and Mentions

Upcoming MacDonald Family Reunions

Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "MacDonald family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacDonald reunion.

See Also

Mac   MacDonal   Donald  

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Surname Finder, The MacDonald Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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