Welcome to the McKaffy 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 McKaffy 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 McKaffy ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McKaffy Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McKaffy family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McKaffy brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McKaffy Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McKaffy 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 McKaffy research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McKaffy
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McKaffy records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McKaffy family history resource today.
Origins of the McKaffy Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McKaffy 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.
McKaffy 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 McKaffy 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 McKaffy research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McKaffy Family History
There is more to exploring your McKaffy 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McKaffy family history.
Networking with McKaffy Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McKaffy surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McKaffy 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 McKaffy ancestors.
McKaffy Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McKaffy Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McKaffy, 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 McKaffy Family Reunions
One key to a successful McKaffy reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McKaffy reunion.