Welcome to the Megey Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Megey surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Megey genealogy.
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I. The Megey Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Megey family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Megey brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
II. Megey Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Megey 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 Megey research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Megey records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Megey family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Megey Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Megey 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.
IV. Megey 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 Megey 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 Megey research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Megey Family History
There is more to exploring your Megey ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Megey family history.
VI. Networking with Megey Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Megey 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 Megey ancestors.
VII. Megey Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Megey Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Megey, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Megey Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Megey 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Megey reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Megey genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
If you host the Megey blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.