Welcome to the McGurr 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 McGurr 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 McGurr ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McGurr Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGurr 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 McGurr family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGurr 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 McGurr 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 McGurr research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGurr
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 McGurr records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGurr family history resource today.
Origins of the McGurr 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 McGurr surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McGurr DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McGurr 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 McGurr research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McGurr Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McGurr ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my McGurr family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McGurr 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 McGurr 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 McGurr ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with McGurr Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGurr, 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 McGurr 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 "McGurr 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 McGurr reunion.