Welcome to the McHahan 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 McHahan 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 McHahan genealogy.
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I. The McHahan Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McHahan family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McHahan brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. McHahan Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through McHahan 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 McHahan research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McHahan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McHahan family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McHahan Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McHahan last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McHahan 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. McHahan 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 McHahan family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for McHahan research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. McHahan 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 McHahan 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 McHahan family history.
VI. Networking with McHahan 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McHahan 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 McHahan ancestors.
VII. McHahan Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McHahan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McHahan, 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 McHahan 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 "McHahan 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 McHahan reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McHahan genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
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