Welcome to the McManness 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 McManness 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 McManness genealogy.
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I. The McManness Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McManness family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McManness brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
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II. McManness Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through McManness 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 McManness research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McManness records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McManness family history resource today.
III. Origins of the McManness Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McManness last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McManness 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. McManness DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McManness 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 McManness research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. McManness Family History
There is more to exploring your McManness 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my McManness ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with McManness 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 McManness 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 McManness ancestors.
VII. McManness Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with McManness Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McManness, 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 McManness Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McManness 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 McManness reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the McManness genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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