The McCunning Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the McCunning 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 McCunning 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 McCunning ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The McCunning Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single McCunning family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for McCunning siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McCunning Ancestors

McCunning 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 McCunning ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your McCunning research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McCunning

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 count of matching McCunning records matching McCunning records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McCunning family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the McCunning Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the McCunning last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McCunning ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

McCunning DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McCunning 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 McCunning research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

McCunning 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 McCunning 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McCunning family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with McCunning Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McCunning surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McCunning 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 McCunning ancestors.

McCunning Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with McCunning Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McCunning, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming McCunning Family Reunions

One key to a successful McCunning reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McCunning reunion.

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Surname Finder, The McCunning Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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