Welcome to the McGavock 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 McGavock 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 McGavock ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McGavock Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGavock 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 McGavock family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGavock Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McGavock 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 McGavock research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGavock
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 McGavock records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGavock family history resource today.
Origins of the McGavock 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 McGavock surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McGavock DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McGavock 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 McGavock research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
McGavock Family History
There is more to exploring your McGavock 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 do I find my McGavock family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McGavock 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McGavock 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 McGavock ancestors.
McGavock Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McGavock was the 23587th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McGavock Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGavock, 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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Upcoming McGavock 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 "McGavock 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McGavock reunion.