Welcome to the MacAu 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 MacAu 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 MacAu ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacAu Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single MacAu family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my MacAu ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacAu 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 MacAu ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your MacAu research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacAu
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching MacAu records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacAu family history resource today.
Origins of the MacAu Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the MacAu surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
MacAu DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your MacAu relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your MacAu research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
MacAu Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacAu 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 MacAu family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with MacAu Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacAu 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 MacAu ancestors.
MacAu Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with MacAu Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacAu, 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 MacAu Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other MacAu family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacAu reunion.