Welcome to the Mc Gillis 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 Gillis 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 Gillis genealogy.
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I. The Mc Gillis Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Mc Gillis 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 Gillis family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mc Gillis Ancestors
II. Mc Gillis Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Mc Gillis ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Mc Gillis ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mc Gillis
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 Gillis records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mc Gillis family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Mc Gillis Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Mc Gillis last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Mc Gillis 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 Gillis DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Mc Gillis 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 Gillis research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Mc Gillis Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Mc Gillis ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Mc Gillis family history.
VI. Networking with Mc Gillis 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 Gillis 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 Gillis ancestors.
VII. Mc Gillis Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mc Gillis Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mc Gillis, 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 Mc Gillis 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 Gillis 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 Gillis reunion.
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