The McClain Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the McClain 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 McClain 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 McClain ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The McClain Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single McClain family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for McClain siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McClain Ancestors

McClain Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding McClain 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 McClain citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McClain

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 count of matching McClain records matching McClain records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McClain family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the McClain Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McClain ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that McClain is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

McClain DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McClain 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 McClain research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

McClain 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 McClain 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McClain family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with McClain Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McClain 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 McClain 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 McClain ancestors.

McClain Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that McClain was the 553rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with McClain Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McClain, 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 McClain Family Reunions

One key to a successful McClain 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 McClain reunion.

See Also

McClaim   McClaen   McClaine   Mc Clain   Mc Claine   McClai   Clain  

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Surname Finder, The McClain Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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