Welcome to the MacLeon 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 MacLeon 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 MacLeon ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacLeon Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the MacLeon family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a MacLeon brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacLeon 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 MacLeon, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Scottish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Leon." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through MacLeon 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 locate old newspapers for MacLeon research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacLeon
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching MacLeon records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacLeon family history resource today.
Origins of the MacLeon Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the MacLeon last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your MacLeon ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
MacLeon DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two MacLeon 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 MacLeon research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
MacLeon Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacLeon 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 MacLeon family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with MacLeon 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 MacLeon 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 MacLeon ancestors.
MacLeon Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with MacLeon Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacLeon, 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 MacLeon 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 "MacLeon 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacLeon reunion.