Welcome to the McGuough 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 McGuough 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 McGuough ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McGuough Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGuough 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 McGuough family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGuough Ancestors
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 McGuough 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 McGuough research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGuough
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 McGuough records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGuough family history resource today.
Origins of the McGuough Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McGuough last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McGuough 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.
McGuough DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McGuough relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McGuough research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
McGuough Family History
There is more to exploring your McGuough 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 McGuough family? is always useful.
Networking with McGuough 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 McGuough 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 McGuough ancestors.
McGuough Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McGuough Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGuough, 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 McGuough 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 "McGuough 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 McGuough reunion.