Welcome to the McHail 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 McHail 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 McHail genealogy.
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I. The McHail Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McHail family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McHail brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. McHail Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through McHail 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 McHail research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McHail records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McHail family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McHail Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McHail last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McHail 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. McHail DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McHail ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McHail research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. McHail Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McHail ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my McHail family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with McHail 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 McHail 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 McHail ancestors.
VII. McHail Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McHail Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McHail, 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 McHail 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 "McHail 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 McHail reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McHail genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 25/May/2013.
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