Welcome to the McKalvin 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 McKalvin 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 McKalvin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McKalvin Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McKalvin family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McKalvin brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McKalvin Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McKalvin 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 McKalvin research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McKalvin
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McKalvin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McKalvin family history resource today.
Origins of the McKalvin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McKalvin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McKalvin 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.
McKalvin DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McKalvin relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McKalvin research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
McKalvin 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 McKalvin 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McKalvin family history.
Networking with McKalvin Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McKalvin 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 McKalvin 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 McKalvin ancestors.
McKalvin Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McKalvin Research
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Upcoming McKalvin Family Reunions
One key to a successful McKalvin 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 McKalvin reunion.