Welcome to the Mgginley 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 Mgginley 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 Mgginley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mgginley Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mgginley family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mgginley brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mgginley Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Mgginley 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 the census help in locating my Mgginley ancestor's marriage record?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mgginley
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mgginley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mgginley family history resource today.
Origins of the Mgginley Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Mgginley 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.
Mgginley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Mgginley 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 Mgginley research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Mgginley 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 Mgginley 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 Mgginley family history.
Networking with Mgginley 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 Mgginley 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 Mgginley ancestors.
Mgginley Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Mgginley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mgginley, 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 Mgginley Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mgginley 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 Mgginley reunion.