Welcome to the McMelen 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 McMelen 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 McMelen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McMelen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McMelen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McMelen brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McMelen Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McMelen 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 I locate old newspapers for McMelen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McMelen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McMelen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McMelen family history resource today.
Origins of the McMelen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McMelen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McMelen 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.
McMelen 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 McMelen 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 McMelen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
McMelen 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 McMelen 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McMelen family history.
Networking with McMelen 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 McMelen 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 McMelen ancestors.
McMelen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McMelen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McMelen, 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 McMelen Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McMelen 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McMelen reunion.