Welcome to the McGuy 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 McGuy 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 McGuy ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McGuy Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGuy 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 McGuy family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGuy 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 McGuy 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 McGuy research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGuy
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 McGuy records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGuy family history resource today.
Origins of the McGuy Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McGuy ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McGuy DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McGuy 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 McGuy research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
McGuy Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McGuy 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 McGuy family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McGuy 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McGuy 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 McGuy ancestors.
McGuy Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McGuy Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGuy, 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 McGuy 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 "McGuy 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McGuy reunion.