Welcome to the MacMill 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 MacMill 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 MacMill ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacMill Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the MacMill family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a MacMill brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacMill 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 MacMill, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Scottish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Mill." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding MacMill ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my MacMill ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacMill
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching MacMill records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacMill family history resource today.
Origins of the MacMill Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the MacMill last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your MacMill 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.
MacMill DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two MacMill 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 MacMill research, read "When do you use DNA?".
MacMill Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacMill 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 MacMill family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with MacMill 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacMill 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 MacMill ancestors.
MacMill Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with MacMill Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacMill, 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 MacMill Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong MacMill 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacMill reunion.