Welcome to the McCurlan 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 McCurlan 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 McCurlan genealogy.
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I. The McCurlan Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McCurlan family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for McCurlan siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McCurlan Ancestors
II. McCurlan 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 McCurlan 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 McCurlan research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McCurlan
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 McCurlan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McCurlan family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McCurlan 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 McCurlan surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. McCurlan DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McCurlan 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 McCurlan research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. McCurlan Family History
There is more to exploring your McCurlan 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 McCurlan documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with McCurlan Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McCurlan 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 McCurlan 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 McCurlan ancestors.
VII. McCurlan Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McCurlan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McCurlan, 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 McCurlan Family Reunions
One key to a successful McCurlan 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 McCurlan reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McCurlan genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/Jun/2013.
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