Welcome to the McHafferty Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the McHafferty surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching McHafferty ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McHafferty Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McHafferty family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McHafferty brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McHafferty Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McHafferty 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 McHafferty research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McHafferty
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McHafferty records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McHafferty family history resource today.
Origins of the McHafferty Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McHafferty 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.
McHafferty 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 McHafferty 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 McHafferty research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McHafferty Family History
There is more to exploring your McHafferty 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 Where can I find a biography of my McHafferty ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with McHafferty 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 McHafferty 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 McHafferty ancestors.
McHafferty Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McHafferty Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McHafferty, 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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Upcoming McHafferty 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 "McHafferty 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 McHafferty reunion.