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The McCureay Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the McCureay 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 McCureay 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 McCureay genealogy.

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I. The McCureay Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McCureay Ancestors

II. McCureay 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 McCureay 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 McCureay research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McCureay

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 McCureay records matching McCureay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McCureay family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the McCureay 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 McCureay surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

IV. McCureay 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 McCureay 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 McCureay research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. McCureay Family History

There is more to exploring your McCureay ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old McCureay documents? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with McCureay Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McCureay 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 McCureay 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 McCureay ancestors.

VII. McCureay Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McCureay Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McCureay, 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 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 McCureay Family Reunions

One key to a successful McCureay 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 McCureay reunion.

 

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