Welcome to the McCade 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 McCade 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 McCade ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McCade Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McCade family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for McCade siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McCade Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McCade 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 city directories be used to help my McCade research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McCade
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 McCade records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McCade family history resource today.
Origins of the McCade Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McCade 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.
McCade 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 McCade family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McCade research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
McCade Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McCade ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my McCade family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McCade Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McCade surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McCade 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 McCade ancestors.
McCade Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McCade was the 70245th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McCade Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McCade, 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 McCade Family Reunions
One key to a successful McCade reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McCade reunion.