Welcome to the McOwien 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 McOwien 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 McOwien ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McOwien Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McOwien family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McOwien brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McOwien 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 McOwien ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Prepared Researching" can help accelerate your McOwien research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McOwien
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McOwien records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McOwien family history resource today.
Origins of the McOwien Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McOwien last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McOwien 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.
McOwien 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 McOwien family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your McOwien research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
McOwien 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 McOwien 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your McOwien family history.
Networking with McOwien Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McOwien 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 McOwien ancestors.
McOwien Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with McOwien Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McOwien, 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 McOwien Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong McOwien 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McOwien reunion.