Welcome to the McGuyor Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the McGuyor surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching McGuyor genealogy.
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I. The McGuyor Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGuyor 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 McGuyor family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. McGuyor 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 McGuyor 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 McGuyor research.
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 McGuyor records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGuyor family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McGuyor Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McGuyor 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.
IV. McGuyor DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McGuyor 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 McGuyor research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. McGuyor Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McGuyor ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McGuyor family history.
VI. Networking with McGuyor 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 McGuyor 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 McGuyor ancestors.
VII. McGuyor Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McGuyor Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGuyor, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming McGuyor 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 "McGuyor 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 McGuyor reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McGuyor genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 24/May/2013.
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