Welcome to the MacRoss 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 MacRoss 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 MacRoss ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The MacRoss Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a MacRoss family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a MacRoss brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering MacRoss 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 MacRoss, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Scottish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Ross." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding MacRoss ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were MacRoss births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for MacRoss
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching MacRoss records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online MacRoss family history resource today.
Origins of the MacRoss 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 MacRoss surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
MacRoss DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your MacRoss 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for MacRoss research?, then this FAQ may help.
MacRoss Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your MacRoss 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 MacRoss family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with MacRoss Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful MacRoss 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 MacRoss ancestors.
MacRoss Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with MacRoss Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of MacRoss, 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 MacRoss Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special MacRoss booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful MacRoss reunion.