Welcome to the McNeal 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 McNeal 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 McNeal ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McNeal Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McNeal family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McNeal brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McNeal Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McNeal 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 I locate old newspapers for McNeal research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McNeal
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McNeal records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McNeal family history resource today.
Origins of the McNeal Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McNeal ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McNeal DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McNeal 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 McNeal research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McNeal Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McNeal 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 McNeal family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McNeal 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McNeal 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 McNeal ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with McNeal Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McNeal, 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 McNeal 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 McNeal 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McNeal reunion.