Welcome to the McAran Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the McAran surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching McAran genealogy.
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I. The McAran Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McAran family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my McAran ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. McAran Genealogy
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your McAran ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find McAran my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching McAran records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McAran family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McAran Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McAran 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.
IV. McAran DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McAran 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 McAran research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. McAran Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McAran 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 McAran family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with McAran Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McAran 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 McAran ancestors.
VII. McAran Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McAran Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McAran, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming McAran Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other McAran family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McAran reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McAran genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
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