Welcome to the McJuillan 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 McJuillan 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 McJuillan ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McJuillan Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McJuillan family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McJuillan brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McJuillan Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your McJuillan ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your McJuillan research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McJuillan
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McJuillan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McJuillan family history resource today.
Origins of the McJuillan Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McJuillan last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McJuillan 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.
McJuillan DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McJuillan 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 McJuillan research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McJuillan 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 McJuillan 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McJuillan family history.
Networking with McJuillan Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McJuillan 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 McJuillan ancestors.
McJuillan Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McJuillan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McJuillan, 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 McJuillan Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special McJuillan booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McJuillan reunion.