Welcome to the McNicol 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 McNicol 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 McNicol ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McNicol Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McNicol family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McNicol brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McNicol Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding McNicol ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my McNicol ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McNicol
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McNicol records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McNicol family history resource today.
Origins of the McNicol Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McNicol 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.
McNicol DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McNicol 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 McNicol research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
McNicol 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 McNicol 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McNicol family history.
Networking with McNicol 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 McNicol 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 McNicol ancestors.
McNicol Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McNicol was the 81229th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McNicol Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McNicol, 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 McNicol 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 McNicol 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 McNicol reunion.