Welcome to the McGahey 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 McGahey 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 McGahey ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McGahey Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGahey family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for McGahey family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGahey Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McGahey records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my McGahey research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGahey
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 McGahey records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGahey family history resource today.
Origins of the McGahey Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McGahey last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McGahey 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.
McGahey 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 McGahey 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 McGahey research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
McGahey Family History
There is more to exploring your McGahey 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McGahey family history.
Networking with McGahey Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McGahey 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 McGahey ancestors.
McGahey Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McGahey was the 17664th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McGahey Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGahey, 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."
Upcoming McGahey Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "McGahey family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McGahey reunion.