Name search with different spellings of surname

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How would I search for a person whose surname has a number of alternative spellings? If I type the surname using one of the spellings it doesn't show on the results the alternative spellings. I need to try find duplicate entries as various sources have the surname spelled differently.
WikiTree profile: Philip Calinack
in WikiTree Help by Pat Kelynack G2G6 Mach 4 (42.6k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith

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Hi Pat, What normally works for me is "wildcards: eg. Doust would only find Doust.

Now Do*st would find Doust, Doost, Dowst, Dost.

Dous* would find Doust Douse, Dousted, etc.

Hope this helpsyes

by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (345k points)
selected by Kathy Rabenstein
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If I enter Rabenstein, I'll get Robenstein, Rabenstine, etc.  But that may be because I always add alternative spellings in Other Last Names.  I haven't checked if it shows up if I don't.

Update:  I just did a search for Hedges.  In the upper right corner was a result showing:  About 1624 HEDGESs. Related surnames: HODGES (7894) HODGE (4648) HOGG(2740) EDGE (1215) HECK (1107) HECKMAN (711) HEDGER (480) HOCK (416) HEDGE (423) HECKER (368) HODGETTS (217) HECKMANN (145) HEGGS (115) HEGGE (56) HENGES (28).

So, I guess you could click through those; sort by birth or first name, and see if you find it that way.

by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (284k points)

Thank you for the Star Kathybroken heart

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Unfortunately sometimes you just have to slug it out. In the pre 1500 era work in England and Normandy I found 27 variations of the Churchill surname. I researched over 300 sources 27 times each. In most cases these were documents with indexes so it was not as bad as it sounds.
by George Churchill G2G6 Mach 8 (87.2k points)

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