Welcome to the McMellan 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 McMellan 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 McMellan ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McMellan Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McMellan family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McMellan brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McMellan Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McMellan 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 McMellan research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McMellan
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McMellan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McMellan family history resource today.
Origins of the McMellan Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McMellan last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McMellan 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.
McMellan DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McMellan 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 McMellan research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McMellan Family History
There is more to exploring your McMellan 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old McMellan documents? is always useful.
Networking with McMellan 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 McMellan 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 McMellan ancestors.
McMellan Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McMellan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McMellan, 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 McMellan Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McMellan 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 McMellan reunion.