Welcome to the McGwinn 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 McGwinn 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 McGwinn genealogy.
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I. The McGwinn Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McGwinn 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 McGwinn family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGwinn Ancestors
II. McGwinn 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 McGwinn 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 McGwinn research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McGwinn
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 McGwinn records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McGwinn family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McGwinn Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McGwinn last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McGwinn 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. McGwinn DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McGwinn 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 McGwinn research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. McGwinn Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your McGwinn ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McGwinn family history.
VI. Networking with McGwinn 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 McGwinn 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 McGwinn ancestors.
VII. McGwinn Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McGwinn Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGwinn, 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 McGwinn 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 "McGwinn 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 McGwinn reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McGwinn genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Dec/2013.
If you host the McGwinn blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.