Welcome to the McNril 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 McNril 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 McNril ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McNril Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McNril family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McNril brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McNril Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your McNril ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find McNril my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McNril
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McNril records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McNril family history resource today.
Origins of the McNril Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McNril last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McNril 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.
McNril DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two McNril 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 McNril research, read "When do you use DNA?".
McNril Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McNril 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 McNril family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McNril 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McNril 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 McNril ancestors.
McNril Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McNril Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McNril, 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 McNril 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 McNril 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McNril reunion.