Welcome to the McAlany Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the McAlany surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching McAlany ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McAlany Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McAlany family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my McAlany ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McAlany Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding McAlany ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about McAlany citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McAlany
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 McAlany records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McAlany family history resource today.
Origins of the McAlany Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McAlany 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.
McAlany DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McAlany 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 McAlany research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
McAlany Family History
There is more to exploring your McAlany 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 McAlany family history.
Networking with McAlany Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McAlany 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 McAlany ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with McAlany Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McAlany, 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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Upcoming McAlany Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other McAlany family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McAlany reunion.