Welcome to the Mc Neely 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 Neely 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 Neely genealogy.
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I. The Mc Neely Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mc Neely family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mc Neely brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
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II. Mc Neely Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Mc Neely 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 I locate old newspapers for Mc Neely research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mc Neely records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mc Neely family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Mc Neely Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Mc Neely 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. Mc Neely DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Mc Neely 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 Neely research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Mc Neely Family History
There is more to exploring your Mc Neely ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Mc Neely family history.
VI. Networking with Mc Neely Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mc Neely 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 Neely ancestors.
VII. Mc Neely Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mc Neely Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mc Neely, 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 Neely Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Mc Neely booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mc Neely reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Mc Neely genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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