Welcome to the McNau 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 McNau 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 McNau ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McNau Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McNau family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McNau brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McNau Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McNau 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 McNau research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McNau
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McNau records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McNau family history resource today.
Origins of the McNau 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 McNau surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McNau DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McNau 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 McNau research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
McNau Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McNau 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 McNau family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McNau Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McNau 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 McNau ancestors.
McNau Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McNau Research
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Upcoming McNau Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special McNau booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McNau reunion.