When searching for a particular name, whether it is a first or a last name, do you only look for documents that spell the name the way that you spell it?

Documents, both old and new, may not have the names spelled as you would spell them.

My first name is Margaret – ask someone how to spell it.  I have seen it spelled so many different ways!  My maiden name is Bryan, and my married name is Champion.  There are many ways that each of them have been spelled as well.

So, be careful.  Not everyone spells your name the way that you do!