One of the things I learned early on in my genealogical journey was that "spelling don't count". I hear people say things like "my grandmother always said it was spelled _____________". You fill in the blank, I'm sure you've heard it as well. And I think most people would agree that you really can't be too hung up on the spelling of the surnames in your genealogy!
But that really isn't what this post is all about. What I want to know is how do you handle all the variations in your files? Take for instance my Gebhart lines. For the most part its spelled Gebhart. But then you go into court records and you find a handful of Gebharts that decided to use the spelling Gephart instead, and when you go out into the cemetery there it is bigger than life itself - the headstone using the same spelling!
Do you enter in your data base with the spelling you found it as or do you "standardize" all the spellings into one spelling, perhaps entering the alternate spelling in your notes??
No, spelling don't count, but I am curious. How do YOU handle the multiple spellings in YOUR files & data bases? I'd love to hear from you with your thoughts on this dilema.