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Re: bottomley-bottomly then and now
Posted by: Donna Lou Ritter Date: January 22, 2001 at 20:39:18
In Reply to: bottomley-bottomly then and now by Michele Bottomley Derenzy of 254

I don't really know, but my impression is that early on many people just spelled what they heard, and that could vary, or census takers spelled a name the way they assumed it was spelled. Also handwriting gets misinterpreted along the way. My g-grandfather changed Munro to Monroe because someone told him "that's how we spell it here". I don't think you can ever rule out someone as a relative on the basis of spelling.


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