Welcome to the McHarris 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 McHarris 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 McHarris ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McHarris Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McHarris family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McHarris brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McHarris Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McHarris 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 McHarris research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McHarris
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McHarris records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McHarris family history resource today.
Origins of the McHarris 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 McHarris surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McHarris DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McHarris 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 McHarris research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McHarris 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 McHarris 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McHarris family history.
Networking with McHarris Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McHarris 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 McHarris ancestors.
McHarris Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McHarris Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McHarris, 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 McHarris 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 "McHarris 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McHarris reunion.