McTheny/Matheny VA, WV- My linage spells the name McTheny but I have also seen it spelled Matheny

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I am a bit confused on how to list my line.  As of now there are only 10 McTheny's on wikitree and they are all my linage.  When I checked the alternate spelling there are way more Matheny's   As of yet I have found no exact doubles but I have a feeling this will become an issue   My line is from WV and VA 

What is the best way for me to proceed.  My end of line McTheny is Andrew McTheny-3  

 

WikiTree profile: Andrew McTheny
in Genealogy Help by Mel Lambert G2G6 Mach 3 (35.3k points)
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I understand and sympathize.  As a non-english name of mostly vowel sounds, Matheny is easily corrupted.  If you are sure that others of your lineage use an alternate spelling, enter it in the "other last name" space on the edit page.  This should make it searchable as Matheny, if I understand this software correctly.
by Christine Henderson G2G6 Mach 1 (13.6k points)
selected by Mel Lambert
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You are supposed to put the name as it was used by the person. So use the spelling your family uses. Add alternate spellings under other last names. They should come up in searches that way.

For first or middle names, alternate spellings can go under nicknames.
by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (292k points)

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