. . . but rather the multiple spellings of a single name.
For example: my mother's maiden name is Sweat, but once upon a time it was spelled Swett, and even Swete! Woo-hoo, makes digging for ancestors quite the challenge.
Then, there's my Great-Great Grandma Emmaline Halterman or . . . is it Holdman . . . or Holtman . . . or . . .
ARRRRRGGGGHHHH! Talk about making a descendant's life miserable.
Dear old, Great-Great Grandma Emmaline had quite the variations in her last name, and that's even before I go way back into the history banks researching her ancestors.
Some examples . . .
- Marriage Record = Halterman
- Her daughter's death certificate, Great Grandma Martha Lane Smith, mother's last name = Holdman
- Her death certificate, father's last name = Haltman
- A story about her husband, who died in the Civil War, lists her last name as . . . Holdman
So, when researching your ancestors, understand that name variations will play a big part in finding, or not finding, the information you are looking for. Don't give up, just use variants of the last name and - fingers crossed - hope for the best. It's worked for me. Woo-hoo!!!