31    Mar 20117 comments

Name Changes and Spelling Issues in Family History Research

In What's in a Name? Spelling Issues in Genealogy we are advised to assume "furious and crazy phonetic spelling, pre-1850," something which may or may not put a glitch in your family history research as you discover misspellings and incorrect census records. The author notes one example of such a case with her own great-great-grandfather, Francis William Pettygrove, who is listed on several annals as Frances, Francis W., F.W., Pettigrove, Pettigrew, Pettygrew, and Petigrow.

As troublesome as this might be that a mere letter could cause you to miss a critical record, keen researchers have grown family tree websites or family associations, collecting all possible spellings, hoping not miss vital information.

With MyHeritage.com's collaborative online family tree, family members can easily be invited to add and suggest name spellings, making your family tree more accurate. To create your basic family tree online for free, visit MyHeritage.com.

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  1. Find gedcom
  2. How can i find gedcom /
  3. How can I find Gedcom file
  4. Please go to the Family Tree - Manage Trees - and there you can make export to GEDCOM
  5. Hi FW,

    It depends a bit on where you're trying to get the GEDCOM from, but I can point you in the right direction.

    For exporting from Family Tree Builder, just go to File > Export Gedcom while in the software program.

    On the website you'll need to go to Family Tree > Manager Family Trees, then select 'Export Gedcom' on the relevant tree to you.

    If you're trying to get a Gedcom from another software provider, things might be a bit different.

    If you let me know specifically where you're stuck I might be able to help you a bit more. Otherwise, hopefully some of this has helped you!
  6. I've made spelling corrections and additions in my family, but they don't show up in the family tree chart. How do you make those corrections/additions?
  7. Hi Don, please contact support@myheritage.com

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