The McElligott Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The McElligott Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single McElligott family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named McElligott are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McElligott Ancestors

McElligott Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding McElligott ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about McElligott citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McElligott

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the McElligott Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the McElligott last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McElligott 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.

McElligott DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McElligott 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 McElligott research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

McElligott Family History

There is more to exploring your McElligott 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 Where is the book on my McElligott family? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with McElligott Researchers

If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McElligott 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 McElligott ancestors.

McElligott Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that McElligott was the 14243rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with McElligott Research

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

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McElligott family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McElligott reunion.

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