LNAB Spaulding vs. Spalding

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As I research my family I see the name with different spellings Spaulding vs. Spalding.  When I enter the LNAB I try to get it from birth records but within the same family I have seen it spelt both ways. Which is the correct way to handle this?
in Policy and Style by Kevin Conroy G2G6 Mach 3 (32.1k points)

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It's always such a conundrum.   I've tried to make a best guess and then added the other spelling as "other last name".   With English last names I've chosen the most common English spelling with original immigrants and then choose the most common spelling for each descendant family even though that means that siblings will be different.   For German last names,  I've asked for help from our members who are more familiar with those names.  I also try to look at the original documents and make a judgment about who recorded the name.   Perhaps that is from my experience indexing where it's obvious that some people who recorded the records were barely literate while others were clearly familiar with the names in their communities.
by Kathy Zipperer G2G6 Pilot (237k points)
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Sorry I'm late to the game. There were two brothers who came over from England together. That's where the line started in the USA. There was a falling out and one brother used Spalding instead of Spaulding. Depending on the spelling determines which brother you are a descendent of. :)
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