Welcome to the Mc Gahn 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 Mc Gahn 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 Mc Gahn genealogy.
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I. The Mc Gahn Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Mc Gahn family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Mc Gahn family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Mc Gahn Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Mc Gahn 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 Mc Gahn research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Mc Gahn records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mc Gahn family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Mc Gahn Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Mc Gahn last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Mc Gahn 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.
IV. Mc Gahn DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Mc Gahn 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 Mc Gahn research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Mc Gahn Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Mc Gahn 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 Mc Gahn family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Mc Gahn Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mc Gahn 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 Mc Gahn ancestors.
VII. Mc Gahn Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mc Gahn Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mc Gahn, 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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IX. Upcoming Mc Gahn 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 "Mc Gahn 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mc Gahn reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Mc Gahn 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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