Think You Know How to Spell Your Name?

What if the clerk didn't?

PLEASE, check for spelling variations. There are many reasons why surnames can be mispelled. It could be simple human error. The names could have been unfamiliar to the clerk. With the cursive handwriting, I may have transcribed it incorrectly. Consider that your ancestor may have had an accent making communication difficult. I urge you to take advantage of your brower's FIND option. Search your page with the correct spelling, any obvious variations, just a partial spelling using the first few letters, or a first name if you know it. Also try swapping vowels. The last name Allen is also found as Allan, therefore under both "Ae" and "Aa". When your surname has a "k" sound, as in Radamaker, also check using a "ch", as in Radamacher. Another thing to keep in mind, if your name contains an "ie", it might also have been seen as an "ei", so check both such as Sieg and Seig.


In the index, more so for the years 1880-1891, check for commonly used abbreviations for that time period:
Chas = Charles Fred'k = Frederick Geo = George Jas = James Jno = Jonathan Sam'l = Samuel Wm = William

There are numerous listings that only contain the surname, or last name. One common reason for this was a stillborn. (Stillborn babies were also listed with a first name of "S. B.") However, it is also possible that the first name was not known. There is at least one listing where a woman's first name was stated simply as "Mrs."

Some Spelling Variations

Biscorner Bisconer
Bourbonnais Bourbonnias, Bourbonnis
Distelrath Distlerath
Ducat Ducatt
Duchane Duchene, Dushane
Gaffney Gaffeny, Gaffrey, Gafney, Gallney
Gerow Gerault
Glendening Clendening
Harrington Herrington
Labuhn Lubahn, Lubohn
Leathorne Latheren, Lathorn, Leathern, Leathorn, Leethorn, Letheran
Lozon Lauzen
McLeod McCloud
Powrie Pourie
Radamaker Radamacher
Shirkey Chorkey, Sharkey, Shorkey, Shurkey
Sicker Sicher
Stiehler Steeler, Steiler, Stieler, Stihler, Stiller
Tibbitts Tibets, Tibetts, Tibbits
Trombley Trombly, Troumbley
VanCamp Van Camp