Welcome to the MacKeen 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 MacKeen 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 MacKeen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacKeen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the MacKeen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a MacKeen brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacKeen Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor preceeded by a prefix. In the case of MacKeen, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Scottish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Keen." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through MacKeen 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 MacKeen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacKeen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching MacKeen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacKeen family history resource today.
Origins of the MacKeen Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your MacKeen 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.
MacKeen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two MacKeen 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 MacKeen research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
MacKeen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacKeen 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 MacKeen family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with MacKeen Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your MacKeen 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacKeen 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 MacKeen ancestors.
MacKeen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that MacKeen was the 46479th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with MacKeen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacKeen, 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 MacKeen Family Reunions
One key to a successful MacKeen 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacKeen reunion.