Welcome to the McMandon 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 McMandon 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 McMandon genealogy.
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I. The McMandon Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McMandon family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McMandon brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
II. McMandon Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through McMandon 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 McMandon research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McMandon records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McMandon family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McMandon Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McMandon last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McMandon 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. McMandon 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 McMandon 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 McMandon research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. McMandon 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 McMandon 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McMandon family history.
VI. Networking with McMandon Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McMandon 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 McMandon ancestors.
VII. McMandon Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McMandon Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McMandon, 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 McMandon Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McMandon family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McMandon reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McMandon genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 22/May/2013.
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