Welcome to the Mc Phayden 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 Phayden 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 Phayden genealogy.
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I. The Mc Phayden Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Mc Phayden family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Mc Phayden brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
II. Mc Phayden Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Mc Phayden ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Mc Phayden family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Mc Phayden records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mc Phayden family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Mc Phayden Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Mc Phayden 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 Phayden DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Mc Phayden family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Mc Phayden research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Mc Phayden Family History
There is more to exploring your Mc Phayden 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Was my Mc Phayden ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Mc Phayden Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mc Phayden 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 Phayden ancestors.
VII. Mc Phayden Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mc Phayden Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mc Phayden, 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 Phayden Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mc Phayden family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mc Phayden reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Mc Phayden genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/May/2013.
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