Welcome to the McCra 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 McCra 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 McCra ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McCra Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single McCra family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for McCra siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McCra 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 McCra ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find McCra my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McCra
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 McCra records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McCra family history resource today.
Origins of the McCra Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your McCra 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.
McCra DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McCra 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 McCra research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
McCra Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McCra 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 McCra family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McCra Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McCra 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 McCra 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 McCra ancestors.
McCra Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McCra was the 81320th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McCra Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McCra, 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 McCra Family Reunions
One key to a successful McCra 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 McCra reunion.