Welcome to the McHaffa 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 McHaffa 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 McHaffa genealogy.
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I. The McHaffa Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McHaffa family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McHaffa brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. McHaffa Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through McHaffa records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my McHaffa research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McHaffa records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McHaffa family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McHaffa Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McHaffa 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. McHaffa 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 McHaffa 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 McHaffa research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. McHaffa Family History
There is more to exploring your McHaffa ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old McHaffa documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with McHaffa Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McHaffa 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 McHaffa ancestors.
VII. McHaffa Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McHaffa Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McHaffa, 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 McHaffa 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 "McHaffa 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 McHaffa reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McHaffa genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/May/2013.
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