The McKay Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The McKay Family Tree

Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McKay family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McKay brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McKay Ancestors

McKay Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through McKay 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 McKay research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McKay

Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently count of matching McKay records matching McKay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McKay family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the McKay Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McKay ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that McKay 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.

McKay DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McKay 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 McKay research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

McKay Family History

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

Photo Collections

Networking with McKay Researchers

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

McKay Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that McKay was the 849th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with McKay Research

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

One key to a successful McKay 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 McKay reunion.

See Also

McCay   McAy   McKai   McKey   McKoy   McKau   Mc Kay   Mc Cay   Mc Kai   Mc Key   McKa   Kay   M'Kay  

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