The McEl Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The McEl Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single McEl family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named McEl are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McEl Ancestors

McEl Genealogy

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

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McEl

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 McEl records matching McEl records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McEl family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the McEl Surname

While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the McEl surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

McEl DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McEl relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McEl research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

McEl Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McEl 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 McEl family history on the Internet? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with McEl Researchers

If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McEl 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 McEl ancestors.

McEl Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with McEl Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McEl, 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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To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming McEl Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McEl 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McEl reunion.

See Also

McKel   McLe   McEle   McEli   McElo   McEly   Mc El   Mc Le   McE   El   M'El   M'Le   Cel  

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