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Thought the following article may be of interest - http://www.genealogymagazine.com/is-your-family-tree-accurate/
in The Tree House by James LaLone G2G6 Mach 5 (57.6k points)
Thanks for sharing that!

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That is a very interesting article, thanks for passing it along. I notice a lot of times in the census pages that names are spelled incorrectly. That info is only as good as the transcriber. I was told, by my grandmother that lived with us all my early life, (until she passed) that if I see a relative's name spelled "Yarborough" it is because they changed it..the actual spelling of her birth name and her father's is "Yarbrough". I just don't understand why people change their name spelling. In my whole Mahaney line, when I look, it has one man that spelled his "Mahanay". It can go astray easily.
by Janace White G2G5 (5.7k points)
I love the story of the lady who told the researcher she hired had showed her the lineage and she responded "those can't be my ancestors, they always spelled their name the same way"!  While the ancestors may have spelled their name the same way, there is no guarantee that everyone else did.

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