Grand Isle County, Vermont, Cemeteries. Spelling of Alburg or Alburgh?

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Category: Grand Isle County, Vermont, Cemeteries has town of Alburg or is it Alburgh? I believe the spelling needs to be corrected in categories and not sure how to fix? I believe it is spelled “Alburgh”

See Category: Alburg Tongue Cemetery, South Alburg, Vermont

See Category: Alburg Center Cemetery, Alburg Center, Vermont

See Wikipedia

in WikiTree Help by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (255k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Alburgh apparently was a victim of a U.S. government effort to eliminate extra letters from the names of U.S. places. They decreed that Pittsburgh had to lose its H, and apparently issued the same decree to Alburg. Similarly, places with names like Jonesborough and Middleborouth got renamed to Jonesboro and Middleboro. In more recent times, many of these places have reclaimed their old names. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_Pittsburgh (which has a link to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alburgh_(town),_Vermont as an example of another town with a similar situation to Pittsburgh).

This creates a mess for categorization here. Since people will find records for one spelling or the other (not both) and may be unaware of the name changes, we may need to tolerate having two categories for these places, with prominent crosslinks. (But the name of the town in the names of the cemetery categories should be updated to conform to the current spelling of the town.)

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Alburg, Vermont, returned to its’ earlier 19th century spelling of Alburgh about fifteen years ago, so the spelling with the “h” is the correct one.  .
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (371k points)

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