The McGurlan Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The McGurlan Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single McGurlan 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 McGurlan family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGurlan Ancestors

McGurlan 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 McGurlan 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 McGurlan research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGurlan

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the McGurlan 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 McGurlan surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

McGurlan DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McGurlan 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 McGurlan research, read "When do you use DNA?".

McGurlan Family History

There is more to exploring your McGurlan 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 McGurlan documents? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with McGurlan 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 McGurlan 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 McGurlan ancestors.

McGurlan Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with McGurlan Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGurlan, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
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 McGurlan 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 "McGurlan 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McGurlan reunion.

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Surname Finder, The McGurlan Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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