Welcome to the MacKay Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the MacKay surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching MacKay genealogy.
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I. The MacKay Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the MacKay family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a MacKay brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
II. MacKay Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through MacKay 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 city directories be used to help my MacKay research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching MacKay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacKay family history resource today.
III. Origins of the MacKay Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your MacKay ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. MacKay DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your MacKay 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 MacKay research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. MacKay Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacKay 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 MacKay family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with MacKay Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your MacKay surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacKay 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 MacKay ancestors.
VII. MacKay Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that MacKay was the 3966th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with MacKay Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacKay, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming MacKay Family Reunions
One key to a successful MacKay reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacKay reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the MacKay genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 21/May/2013.
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