Welcome to the McHaffre 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 McHaffre 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 McHaffre ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McHaffre Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McHaffre family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McHaffre brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McHaffre Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McHaffre 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 McHaffre research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McHaffre
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McHaffre records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McHaffre family history resource today.
Origins of the McHaffre Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McHaffre 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.
McHaffre 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 McHaffre 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 McHaffre research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McHaffre Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McHaffre 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 McHaffre family history.
Networking with McHaffre 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 McHaffre 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 McHaffre ancestors.
McHaffre Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McHaffre Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McHaffre, 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 McHaffre 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 "McHaffre 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 McHaffre reunion.