Is there a consistent way to handle variant spellings of a family name?

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in Policy and Style by Diantha McBride G2G Crew (830 points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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Jillaine's answer is a good rule of thumb, however I have had situations where every "contemporary to the time of birth record etc." was different. Like most things in life the circumstance should trump the rule when necessary...not that here shouldn't be a rule...just that it can be trumped by circumstance.
by Brett Rutherford G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
selected by M Anonymous
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Yes.

Last Name At Birth should be what was used on records contemporary to the time of the person's birth-- their birth record, the marriage record of their parents, etc.

Their name as spelled at the time they died should be placed in Current Last Name.

Variants that appeared on records can appear in Other Last Names.

See:

http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/230882/pgm-lnab-puritan-great-migration-last-name-at-birth?show=230882#q230882
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (778k points)

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