Welcome to the McNear 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 McNear 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 McNear ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McNear Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McNear family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McNear brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McNear Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McNear 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 McNear research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McNear
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McNear records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McNear family history resource today.
Origins of the McNear Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McNear ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McNear DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McNear relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McNear research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McNear Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McNear ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my McNear family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McNear 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McNear 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 McNear ancestors.
McNear Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McNear was the 14240th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McNear Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McNear, 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 McNear 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 McNear 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McNear reunion.