Welcome to the McNorton 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 McNorton 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 McNorton ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McNorton Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McNorton family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McNorton brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McNorton Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding McNorton ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were McNorton births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McNorton
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McNorton records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McNorton family history resource today.
Origins of the McNorton 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 McNorton surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McNorton DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McNorton 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 McNorton research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
McNorton 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 McNorton 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McNorton family history.
Networking with McNorton 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 McNorton 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 McNorton ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with McNorton Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McNorton, 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 McNorton 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 McNorton 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McNorton reunion.