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The McGwirk Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the McGwirk 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 McGwirk 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 McGwirk genealogy.

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I. The McGwirk Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering McGwirk Ancestors

II. McGwirk 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 McGwirk 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 McGwirk research.

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the McGwirk Surname

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

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McGwirk 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 McGwirk research, read "When do you use DNA?".

V. McGwirk 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 McGwirk 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 "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McGwirk family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with McGwirk 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 McGwirk 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 McGwirk ancestors.

VII. McGwirk Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McGwirk Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McGwirk, 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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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 McGwirk 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 "McGwirk 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 McGwirk reunion.

 

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