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The Magathan Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Magathan 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 Magathan 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 Magathan genealogy.

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I. The Magathan Family Tree

Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Magathan family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Magathan brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Magathan Ancestors

II. Magathan Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Magathan 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 Magathan research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Magathan

Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently count of matching Magathan records matching Magathan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Magathan family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Magathan Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Magathan 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. Magathan 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 Magathan 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 Magathan research?, then this FAQ may help.

V. Magathan Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Magathan 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 "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Magathan family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Magathan 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Magathan 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 Magathan ancestors.

VII. Magathan Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Magathan was the 81674th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Magathan Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Magathan, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
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RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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 Magathan Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Magathan 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Magathan reunion.

 

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