Welcome to the McNaughlin 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 McNaughlin 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 McNaughlin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McNaughlin Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McNaughlin family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McNaughlin brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McNaughlin Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McNaughlin 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 McNaughlin research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McNaughlin
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McNaughlin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McNaughlin family history resource today.
Origins of the McNaughlin Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the McNaughlin surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McNaughlin 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 McNaughlin 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 McNaughlin research?, then this FAQ may help.
McNaughlin 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 McNaughlin 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McNaughlin family history.
Networking with McNaughlin Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McNaughlin 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 McNaughlin ancestors.
McNaughlin Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McNaughlin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McNaughlin, 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 McNaughlin Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special McNaughlin booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McNaughlin reunion.