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Best way to search for alternated spelling of name?

Best way to search for alternated spelling of name?

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 10:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Dec 2012 4:03PM GMT
I'm currently researching my father's side of the family and have come across some new information that there be relatives using an alternate spelling of our last name?

Can anyone offer any advice how to pursue this? Is it somehow possible to add this alternate spelling to each persons profile on my tree?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Re: Best way to search for alternated spelling of name?

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 11:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
I would start by making sure they used that name across time, for example in multiple census and vital records. That way you can determine it was a change, rather than a census takers error.
I would then list only those family members with that spelling, and the others with the spelling you are familiar with. For example, one of my relatives changed the spelling of his birth name McNamara to MacNamarra. None of his siblings used that spelling. So, I changed his and his sons names to that spelling, but not his siblings. I used the McNamara spelling for his father. You can always use both for that person as well, and put a comment about the use of the name. However, I would not add the alternate spelling to all people in the tree. Clear as mud?
You can add both spellings to the name of your tree, and use both when you search.
Also, people did not always have to file a new name change with a court, it was often enough to just start using the name on documents.
I don't use Family Tree Maker, so I can't comment for sure on the technical part of your question. I think you could put the last name, then a / then the alternate spelling in the last name section. The software I use has an option to add an alternate or AKA name.

Re: Best way to search for alternated spelling of name?

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 4:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the reply...

Apparently after speaking with my grandmother she claims that somewhere along the lines the name was spelled Barzola instead of Balzola. She doesn't know which relatives but says that on some docs it was spelled one way and others another. Soon enough they eventually just started spelling it Balzola as I do now. She could not however tell me who, when, or why this change was made. Unfortunately, I've looked up the alternative but it's been almost impossible to decipher if they're part of my family or not. I'm still trying to decipher whether those with my last name are even part of my family.

Most of my grandfather's family have passed so it's been a daunting task and my grandmother was the one who's been giving me much of this information. I don't really speak with my other relatives so I don't really know where else to turn.
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