Welcome to the MacEdwards 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 MacEdwards 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 MacEdwards ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacEdwards Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single MacEdwards family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named MacEdwards are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacEdwards 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 MacEdwards, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Scottish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Edwards." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through MacEdwards records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I find where my MacEdwards ancestor is buried?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacEdwards
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 MacEdwards records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacEdwards family history resource today.
Origins of the MacEdwards 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 MacEdwards surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
MacEdwards 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 MacEdwards 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 MacEdwards research?, then this FAQ may help.
MacEdwards Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacEdwards 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your MacEdwards family history.
Networking with MacEdwards 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacEdwards 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 MacEdwards ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with MacEdwards Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacEdwards, 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 MacEdwards Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong MacEdwards 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 MacEdwards reunion.