Welcome to the McKin 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 McKin 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 McKin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The McKin Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the McKin family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a McKin brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering McKin Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding McKin ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my McKin ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for McKin
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching McKin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online McKin family history resource today.
Origins of the McKin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the McKin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your McKin ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
McKin DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your McKin 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 McKin research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
McKin Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your McKin 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 McKin family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with McKin Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your McKin 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful McKin 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 McKin ancestors.
McKin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that McKin was the 70178th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with McKin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of McKin, 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 McKin Family Reunions
One key to a successful McKin 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful McKin reunion.