Welcome to the McMenadin 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 McMenadin 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 McMenadin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McMenadin Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McMenadin family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McMenadin brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McMenadin Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McMenadin 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 McMenadin research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McMenadin
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McMenadin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McMenadin family history resource today.
Origins of the McMenadin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McMenadin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McMenadin 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.
McMenadin 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 McMenadin family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for McMenadin research?, then this FAQ may help.
McMenadin Family History
There is more to exploring your McMenadin 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 Was my McMenadin ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
Networking with McMenadin 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 McMenadin 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 McMenadin ancestors.
McMenadin Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McMenadin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McMenadin, 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 McMenadin Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McMenadin 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 McMenadin reunion.