Welcome to the McNeelley 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 McNeelley 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 McNeelley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McNeelley Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McNeelley family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McNeelley brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McNeelley Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through McNeelley 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 McNeelley research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McNeelley
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McNeelley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McNeelley family history resource today.
Origins of the McNeelley Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McNeelley 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.
McNeelley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McNeelley 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 McNeelley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McNeelley 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 McNeelley 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McNeelley family history.
Networking with McNeelley 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 McNeelley 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 McNeelley ancestors.
McNeelley Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McNeelley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McNeelley, 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 McNeelley 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 McNeelley 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 McNeelley reunion.