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The McGwier Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the McGwier 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 McGwier 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 McGwier genealogy.

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I. The McGwier Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGwier Ancestors

II. McGwier 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 McGwier ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Prepared Researching" can help accelerate your McGwier research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGwier

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

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Military Records

III. Origins of the McGwier Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the McGwier last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McGwier 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.

IV. McGwier DNA Projects

Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your McGwier family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McGwier research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. McGwier Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McGwier 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 McGwier family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with McGwier 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 McGwier 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 McGwier ancestors.

VII. McGwier Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that McGwier was the 61975th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McGwier Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGwier, 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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IX. Upcoming McGwier 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 "McGwier 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McGwier reunion.

 

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