Welcome to the Mc Gilvray 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 Gilvray 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 Gilvray genealogy.
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I. The Mc Gilvray Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Mc Gilvray 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 Gilvray family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mc Gilvray Ancestors
II. Mc Gilvray Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Mc Gilvray 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 Gilvray ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mc Gilvray
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 Gilvray records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mc Gilvray family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Mc Gilvray Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Mc Gilvray last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Mc Gilvray 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 Gilvray DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Mc Gilvray relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Mc Gilvray research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Mc Gilvray Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Mc Gilvray 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Mc Gilvray family history.
VI. Networking with Mc Gilvray 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 Gilvray 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 Gilvray ancestors.
VII. Mc Gilvray Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mc Gilvray Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mc Gilvray, 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 Gilvray 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 Gilvray 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 Gilvray reunion.
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