Welcome to the McKaharay 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 McKaharay 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 McKaharay ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McKaharay Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McKaharay family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McKaharay brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McKaharay Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McKaharay 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 McKaharay research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McKaharay
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McKaharay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McKaharay family history resource today.
Origins of the McKaharay Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McKaharay last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McKaharay 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.
McKaharay 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 McKaharay 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 McKaharay research?, then this FAQ may help.
McKaharay Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McKaharay 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 McKaharay family history.
Networking with McKaharay Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McKaharay 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McKaharay 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 McKaharay ancestors.
McKaharay Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McKaharay Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McKaharay, 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."
Upcoming McKaharay Family Reunions
One key to a successful McKaharay 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McKaharay reunion.