Do you really know how your ancestors said their last name? I always thought I knew how my grandmother's maiden name was said, until I saw it in an 1870 census with a "new" spelling. I asked on an German research list how the last name was likely said by a low-German speaker and was given a pronunciation slightly different from what I had always used. Then the alternate spelling made perfect sense.
Do you know your ancestor's name was said?
It can make all the difference.
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