Welcome to the McMiller 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 McMiller 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 McMiller ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McMiller Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McMiller family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McMiller brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McMiller Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding McMiller ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my McMiller ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McMiller
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McMiller records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McMiller family history resource today.
Origins of the McMiller Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McMiller last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McMiller 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.
McMiller DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McMiller 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 McMiller research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McMiller Family History
There is more to exploring your McMiller 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 McMiller ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with McMiller 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McMiller 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 McMiller ancestors.
McMiller Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McMiller was the 12180th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McMiller Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McMiller, 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 McMiller Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McMiller 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McMiller reunion.