Welcome to the MacCau 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 MacCau 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 MacCau ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacCau Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single MacCau family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for MacCau siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacCau Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through MacCau 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 city directories be used to help my MacCau research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacCau
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 MacCau records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacCau family history resource today.
Origins of the MacCau 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 MacCau surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
MacCau DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your MacCau 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 MacCau research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
MacCau Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacCau 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 MacCau family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with MacCau Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your MacCau surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacCau 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 MacCau ancestors.
MacCau Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with MacCau Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacCau, 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 MacCau Family Reunions
One key to a successful MacCau reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacCau reunion.
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