Welcome to the McGuire Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the McGuire surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching McGuire genealogy.
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I. The McGuire Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGuire 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 McGuire family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. McGuire Genealogy
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 McGuire 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 McGuire research.
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 McGuire records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGuire family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McGuire Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McGuire last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McGuire ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that McGuire 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.
IV. McGuire DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McGuire 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 McGuire research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. McGuire Family History
There is more to exploring your McGuire 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my McGuire ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with McGuire 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 McGuire 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 McGuire ancestors.
VII. McGuire Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McGuire was the 494th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McGuire Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGuire, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming McGuire 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 "McGuire 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 McGuire reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McGuire genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
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