Multiple spellings of surnames in the search engine?

+4 votes
I recognize that so many of us have this issue regarding various spellings. I see  a problem with the search engine. If I type in Moriset which is the same name as Morrissette, Morissette, Morrisette, Morrisset, etc.

But the search engine isn't flexible enough to get all of these search parameters when a search is entered. We need a search engine that can bring up all of the entries of a certain family name. I have the problem with Mayhew (Mahieu, Mehew, Mahew, Mayhue...) and Layne (Lane, Lain, Layn).
in WikiTree Tech by Wanda Richards G2G5 (5.9k points)

2 Answers

+2 votes
The search site  " Find My Past,has a box you click on that do show

name variations,They have a lot of World Wide records.I use it often.

Names do change over time,mainly because there were so many people

in the area with same name.I once had 5 same first and last name in the

same Parish.Very likely they were cousins.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)
Once had them?  Does that mean their records have been expunged or do you now have 6 of them or that because you stopped being their PMs they're no longer "yours"?  <g>
+3 votes
That is one reason why it is important for profiles to include all the variant spellings in Other Last Names. If they are, the person will come up in a search regardless of which name is used in the search.
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (218k points)

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