Welcome to the McCurd 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 McCurd 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 McCurd genealogy.
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I. The McCurd Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McCurd family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for McCurd siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. McCurd 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 McCurd 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 McCurd research.
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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 McCurd records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McCurd family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McCurd 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 McCurd surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. McCurd DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your McCurd family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McCurd research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. McCurd Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McCurd 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 McCurd family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with McCurd Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McCurd 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McCurd 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 McCurd ancestors.
VII. McCurd Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McCurd Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McCurd, 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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IX. Upcoming McCurd Family Reunions
One key to a successful McCurd 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 McCurd reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McCurd genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Dec/2013.
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