Welcome to the Mc Neill 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 Neill 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 Neill genealogy.
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I. The Mc Neill Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mc Neill family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mc Neill brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
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II. Mc Neill Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Mc Neill 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 Neill 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 Neill records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mc Neill family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Mc Neill Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Mc Neill last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Mc Neill 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 Neill DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Mc Neill 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 Neill research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Mc Neill 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 Neill 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Mc Neill family history.
VI. Networking with Mc Neill 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mc Neill 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 Neill ancestors.
VII. Mc Neill Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mc Neill Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mc Neill, 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 Neill 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 Neill 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mc Neill reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Mc Neill genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 07/Dec/2013.
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