Welcome to the McGuinn 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 McGuinn 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 McGuinn ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McGuinn Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGuinn family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for McGuinn family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGuinn Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your McGuinn ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your McGuinn research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGuinn
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 McGuinn records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGuinn family history resource today.
Origins of the McGuinn Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McGuinn last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McGuinn ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McGuinn DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McGuinn 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 McGuinn research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
McGuinn 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 McGuinn 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 McGuinn family history.
Networking with McGuinn Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McGuinn 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 McGuinn ancestors.
McGuinn Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McGuinn was the 26283rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McGuinn Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGuinn, 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."
Upcoming McGuinn Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "McGuinn family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McGuinn reunion.