Spelling Substitution Tables for the United States and Canada

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Two kinds of spelling errors are found in records and indexes. One kind of error is made when the transcriber or indexer misreads the original or mistypes the index entry. The other kind of error is made when the creator of the records misspells the name in the original record.
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Two kinds of spelling errors are found in records and indexes. One kind of error is made when the transcriber or indexer misreads the original or mistypes the index entry. The other kind of error is made when the creator of the records misspells the name in the original record.  
  
== Commonly Misread Letters Table ==
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== Commonly Misread Letters Table ==
  
The following table<sup>1</sup> shows how indexers and transcribers sometimes misread handwriting. The column on the left shows the actual spelling. The column on the right shows what the indexer or transcriber sometimes thought he or she saw. The mistakes are given in order of probability. Bold mistakes are especially common.
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The following table<ref>Originally published in Bryan Lee Dilts, [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;titleno=216474&amp;amp;disp=1860+District+of+Columbia+census+index%20%20&amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 ''1860 District of Columbia Census Index: Heads of Households and Other Surnames in Households Index''] (Salt Lake City: Index Publishing, 1983), ix-x. Here by express permission of the author.</ref> shows how indexers and transcribers sometimes misread handwriting. The column on the left shows the actual spelling. The column on the right shows what the indexer or transcriber sometimes thought he or she saw. The mistakes are given in order of probability. Bold mistakes are especially common.  
  
{| width="477" class="vertical listing"
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{| align="center" width="477" class="vertical listing FCK__ShowTableBorders"
 
|-
 
|-
| '''Intended<br>'''
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| '''Intended<br>'''  
| '''Common Mistakes<br>'''
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| '''Common Mistakes<br>'''  
| '''Intended<br>'''
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| '''Intended<br>'''  
 
| '''Common Mistakes<br>'''
 
| '''Common Mistakes<br>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | A
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| align="left" | A  
| align="left" | '''H''', C, O
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| align="left" | '''H''', C, O  
| align="left" | a
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| align="left" | a  
 
| align="left" | '''o''', u, ei, ie, n, w
 
| align="left" | '''o''', u, ei, ie, n, w
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | B
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| align="left" | B  
| align="left" | '''R''', P, S
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| align="left" | '''R''', P, S  
| align="left" | b
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| align="left" | b  
 
| align="left" | li, le, t, h, l
 
| align="left" | li, le, t, h, l
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | C
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| align="left" | C  
| align="left" | G, E, O, Ce
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| align="left" | G, E, O, Ce  
| align="left" | c
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| align="left" | c  
 
| align="left" | e, i, o, u
 
| align="left" | e, i, o, u
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | D
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| align="left" | D  
| align="left" | G, S, I, J, T, Ir
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| align="left" | G, S, I, J, T, Ir  
| align="left" | d
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| align="left" | d  
 
| align="left" | '''u''', a, n, ie, ei, ee, ct, o
 
| align="left" | '''u''', a, n, ie, ei, ee, ct, o
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | E
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| align="left" | E  
| align="left" | '''C''', G, Ee
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| align="left" | '''C''', G, Ee  
| align="left" | '''e'''
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| align="left" | '''e'''  
 
| align="left" | '''i''','''c'''
 
| align="left" | '''i''','''c'''
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | ee
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| align="left" | ee  
 
| align="left" | '''u''', '''n''', ll, a o, ie, ei, w
 
| align="left" | '''u''', '''n''', ll, a o, ie, ei, w
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | F
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| align="left" | F  
| align="left" | '''T''', S, G, Ti, L
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| align="left" | '''T''', S, G, Ti, L  
| align="left" | f
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| align="left" | f  
 
| align="left" | s, j, g, q, t
 
| align="left" | s, j, g, q, t
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | G
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| align="left" | G  
| align="left" | S, Q, Z, Ci, L, Se, ls
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| align="left" | S, Q, Z, Ci, L, Se, ls  
| align="left" | g
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| align="left" | g  
 
| align="left" | y, z, q, f
 
| align="left" | y, z, q, f
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | H
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| align="left" | H  
| align="left" | '''N''', W, He, Sl, St, A, F
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| align="left" | '''N''', W, He, Sl, St, A, F  
| align="left" | h
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| align="left" | h  
 
| align="left" | '''K''', li, lc, le
 
| align="left" | '''K''', li, lc, le
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | I
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| align="left" | I  
| align="left" | '''J''', L, S, Q, F, T
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| align="left" | '''J''', L, S, Q, F, T  
| align="left" | i
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| align="left" | i  
 
| align="left" | e, c, l
 
| align="left" | e, c, l
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | ie
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| align="left" | ie  
 
| align="left" | ei, u, ee, n, a, o, w, il
 
| align="left" | ei, u, ee, n, a, o, w, il
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | J
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| align="left" | J  
| align="left" | '''I''', L S, Q, F, T, P, Jno, Mr, Mo
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| align="left" | '''I''', L S, Q, F, T, P, Jno, Mr, Mo  
| align="left" | j
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| align="left" | j  
 
| align="left" | y, g, f, q, z
 
| align="left" | y, g, f, q, z
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | K
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| align="left" | K  
| align="left" | '''H''', R, B, tr, te
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| align="left" | '''H''', R, B, tr, te  
| align="left" | k
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| align="left" | k  
 
| align="left" | h, le, lr, te, R, B, H
 
| align="left" | h, le, lr, te, R, B, H
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | L
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| align="left" | L  
| align="left" | '''S''', T, F
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| align="left" | '''S''', T, F  
| align="left" | l
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| align="left" | l  
 
| align="left" | e, i, t
 
| align="left" | e, i, t
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | ll
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| align="left" | ll  
 
| align="left" | '''tt''', ee, u, a, o, ie, ei
 
| align="left" | '''tt''', ee, u, a, o, ie, ei
 
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|-
| align="left" | M
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| align="left" | M  
| align="left" | '''W''', H, N, A, Al, Me
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| align="left" | '''W''', H, N, A, Al, Me  
| align="left" | m
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| align="left" | m  
 
| align="left" | w, rr, ni, in, iv, ev, ai, ui, iu
 
| align="left" | w, rr, ni, in, iv, ev, ai, ui, iu
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | N
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| align="left" | N  
| align="left" | '''H''', W, V, St, Ne
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| align="left" | '''H''', W, V, St, Ne  
| align="left" | n
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| align="left" | n  
 
| align="left" | '''u''', a, o, ee, ie, ei, w, m
 
| align="left" | '''u''', a, o, ee, ie, ei, w, m
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | O
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| align="left" | O  
| align="left" | C, U, V, D
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| align="left" | C, U, V, D  
| align="left" | o
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| align="left" | o  
 
| align="left" | '''a''', u, n, ee, ll, ie, ei, tt
 
| align="left" | '''a''', u, n, ee, ll, ie, ei, tt
 
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|-
| align="left" | P
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| align="left" | P  
| align="left" | R, B, I, J, S, L
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| align="left" | R, B, I, J, S, L  
| align="left" | p
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| align="left" | p  
 
| align="left" | ss, g, js, k, f, fs, fa, fi, fr
 
| align="left" | ss, g, js, k, f, fs, fa, fi, fr
 
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|-
| align="left" | Q
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| align="left" | Q  
| align="left" | '''Z''', D, I, J, G, C
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| align="left" | '''Z''', D, I, J, G, C  
| align="left" | q
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| align="left" | q  
 
| align="left" | '''g''', y, z, f, ej, ij, j
 
| align="left" | '''g''', y, z, f, ej, ij, j
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | R
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| align="left" | R  
| align="left" | '''Pi''', B, S, Pe, Pr, Re
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| align="left" | '''Pi''', B, S, Pe, Pr, Re  
| align="left" | r
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| align="left" | r  
 
| align="left" | '''e''', '''s''', i, ei, a
 
| align="left" | '''e''', '''s''', i, ei, a
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | S
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| align="left" | S  
| align="left" | '''L''', I, J, St, Se, F, G, R, T
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| align="left" | '''L''', I, J, St, Se, F, G, R, T  
| align="left" | s
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| align="left" | s  
 
| align="left" | '''r''', i, e, c
 
| align="left" | '''r''', i, e, c
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | sc
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| align="left" | sc  
 
| align="left" | x
 
| align="left" | x
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | ss
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| align="left" | ss  
 
| align="left" | '''fs''', '''p''', rr, w, m, n
 
| align="left" | '''fs''', '''p''', rr, w, m, n
 
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|-
| align="left" | T
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| align="left" | T  
| align="left" | '''F''', S, L, D, Q
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| align="left" | '''F''', S, L, D, Q  
| align="left" | t
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| align="left" | t  
 
| align="left" | '''l''', f, lr, i
 
| align="left" | '''l''', f, lr, i
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | <br>
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| align="left" | <br>  
| align="left" | te
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| align="left" | te  
 
| align="left" | k
 
| align="left" | k
 
|-
 
|-
| <br>
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| <br>  
| <br>
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| <br>  
| tt
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| tt  
 
| '''ll'''
 
| '''ll'''
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | U
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| align="left" | U  
| align="left" | V, A, O, N, H
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| align="left" | V, A, O, N, H  
| align="left" | u
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| align="left" | u  
 
| align="left" | '''ee''', a, o, n, ie, ei, ll, w
 
| align="left" | '''ee''', a, o, n, ie, ei, ll, w
 
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|-
| align="left" | V
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| align="left" | V  
| align="left" | N, W, Ir, Jr, B
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| align="left" | N, W, Ir, Jr, B  
| align="left" | v
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| align="left" | v  
 
| align="left" | u, n, b, rr, s, r, o, ee, ei
 
| align="left" | u, n, b, rr, s, r, o, ee, ei
 
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|-
| align="left" | W
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| align="left" | W  
| align="left" | '''M''', N, U, H, St
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| align="left" | '''M''', N, U, H, St  
| align="left" | w
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| align="left" | w  
 
| align="left" | m, rr, ur, nr, ui, ni, eu, en
 
| align="left" | m, rr, ur, nr, ui, ni, eu, en
 
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|-
| align="left" | X
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| align="left" | X  
| align="left" | '''H''', Z, N, J
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| align="left" | '''H''', Z, N, J  
| align="left" | x
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| align="left" | x  
 
| align="left" | '''sc''', c, r
 
| align="left" | '''sc''', c, r
 
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|-
| align="left" | Y
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| align="left" | Y  
| align="left" | '''T''', F, Z, Q
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| align="left" | '''T''', F, Z, Q  
| align="left" | y
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| align="left" | y  
 
| align="left" | g, q, j, z, p, ej, ij, if
 
| align="left" | g, q, j, z, p, ej, ij, if
 
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|-
| align="left" | Z
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| align="left" | Z  
| align="left" | G, Q, Y
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| align="left" | G, Q, Y  
| align="left" | z
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| align="left" | z  
 
| align="left" | g, q, y, j, p
 
| align="left" | g, q, y, j, p
 
|}
 
|}
  
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== [[Phonetic Substitutes Table]]<sup>2</sup> ==
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== &lt;a name="Phonetic"&gt;Phonetic Substitutes Table&lt;/a&gt;<sup>2</sup> ==
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== Phonetic Substitutes Table ==
  
The creator of the record sometimes misspelled the name in the original record because he or she misunderstood what the informant said. This happened very often when the informant came from another country. Also, many people were illiterate and did not know how to spell their names. The creator of the record spelled the name the way he or she thought it should be spelled.<br>
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The creator of the record sometimes misspelled the name in the original record because he or she misunderstood what the informant said. This happened very often when the informant came from another country. Also, many people were illiterate and did not know how to spell their names. The creator of the record spelled the name the way he or she thought it should be spelled.<ref>Originally published in G. David Dilts, "Censuses and Tax Lists," in Kory L. Meyerink, ed., [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;titleno=719674&amp;amp;disp=Printed+sources%20%20&amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 ''Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records''] (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998), 331. Here by express permission of the author.</ref><br>  
  
{| class="vertical listing"
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{| align="center" class="vertical listing FCK__ShowTableBorders"
 
|-
 
|-
| '''Original<br>'''
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| '''Original<br>'''  
 
| '''Letters which might be substituted for the original<br>'''
 
| '''Letters which might be substituted for the original<br>'''
 
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|-
| align="left" | a
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| align="left" | a  
 
| align="left" | e, i, o, u, y, ey, eh
 
| align="left" | e, i, o, u, y, ey, eh
 
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|-
| align="left" | au
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| align="left" | au  
 
| align="left" | ow, ou
 
| align="left" | ow, ou
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | b
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| align="left" | b  
 
| align="left" | p, v, bb, pp
 
| align="left" | p, v, bb, pp
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | bb
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| align="left" | bb  
 
| align="left" | b, p, pp
 
| align="left" | b, p, pp
 
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|-
| align="left" | c (catch)
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| align="left" | c (catch)  
 
| align="left" | k, g, gh, q, cc, ck
 
| align="left" | k, g, gh, q, cc, ck
 
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|-
| align="left" | c (chin)
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| align="left" | c (chin)  
 
| align="left" | ch, cz, s, sh, tch, tsh, z, dg
 
| align="left" | ch, cz, s, sh, tch, tsh, z, dg
 
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|-
| align="left" | ch
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| align="left" | ch  
 
| align="left" | c, k, g, gh, sh, h (Chanukah), ju (San Juan)
 
| align="left" | c, k, g, gh, sh, h (Chanukah), ju (San Juan)
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | chr
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| align="left" | chr  
 
| align="left" | kr, gr, cr
 
| align="left" | kr, gr, cr
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ck
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| align="left" | ck  
 
| align="left" | k, c, g, q
 
| align="left" | k, c, g, q
 
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|-
| align="left" | cr
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| align="left" | cr  
 
| align="left" | kr, chr, gr
 
| align="left" | kr, chr, gr
 
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|-
| align="left" | cz
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| align="left" | cz  
 
| align="left" | c, ch, ts, tz, s, sh, tch, tsh
 
| align="left" | c, ch, ts, tz, s, sh, tch, tsh
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | d
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| align="left" | d  
 
| align="left" | dd, t, dt
 
| align="left" | dd, t, dt
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | dd
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| align="left" | dd  
 
| align="left" | d, t, tt
 
| align="left" | d, t, tt
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | dg (dodge)
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| align="left" | dg (dodge)  
 
| align="left" | g, j, ch, gg, tj
 
| align="left" | g, j, ch, gg, tj
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ds (bends)
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| align="left" | ds (bends)  
 
| align="left" | z, ts
 
| align="left" | z, ts
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | dt
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| align="left" | dt  
 
| align="left" | d, t, tt
 
| align="left" | d, t, tt
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | e
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| align="left" | e  
 
| align="left" | a, ee, i, o, u, y, ie, ea
 
| align="left" | a, ee, i, o, u, y, ie, ea
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ea
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| align="left" | ea  
 
| align="left" | e, i, y, ie, ei
 
| align="left" | e, i, y, ie, ei
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | eau (beau)
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| align="left" | eau (beau)  
 
| align="left" | o, aw, ow, au, ou
 
| align="left" | o, aw, ow, au, ou
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ee
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| align="left" | ee  
 
| align="left" | ie, e, i, y, ea, ei
 
| align="left" | ie, e, i, y, ea, ei
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ew
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| align="left" | ew  
 
| align="left" | u, oo, ou
 
| align="left" | u, oo, ou
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | f
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| align="left" | f  
 
| align="left" | v, ph, pf, gh, lf (calf), ff
 
| align="left" | v, ph, pf, gh, lf (calf), ff
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ff
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| align="left" | ff  
 
| align="left" | f, ph, gh, v, lf (calf)
 
| align="left" | f, ph, gh, v, lf (calf)
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | g
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| align="left" | g  
 
| align="left" | c, ch, gg, gh, j, k, q, dg, h (Gila monster)
 
| align="left" | c, ch, gg, gh, j, k, q, dg, h (Gila monster)
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | gg
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| align="left" | gg  
 
| align="left" | g, ch, k, q, j
 
| align="left" | g, ch, k, q, j
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | gh (ghost)
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| align="left" | gh (ghost)  
 
| align="left" | c, ch, g, gg, k, q
 
| align="left" | c, ch, g, gg, k, q
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | gh (laugh)
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| align="left" | gh (laugh)  
 
| align="left" | f, ph, pf, v, lf
 
| align="left" | f, ph, pf, v, lf
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | gn (gnat)
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| align="left" | gn (gnat)  
 
| align="left" | n, kn
 
| align="left" | n, kn
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | gr
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| align="left" | gr  
 
| align="left" | chr, kr
 
| align="left" | chr, kr
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | h
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| align="left" | h  
 
| align="left" | ("h" is sometimes omitted), ch, wh, w, g (Gila monster), ju (San Juan)
 
| align="left" | ("h" is sometimes omitted), ch, wh, w, g (Gila monster), ju (San Juan)
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | i
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| align="left" | i  
 
| align="left" | a, e, o, u, y, ei, uy, aye
 
| align="left" | a, e, o, u, y, ei, uy, aye
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ie
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| align="left" | ie  
 
| align="left" | e, i, y, ee, ea, ei
 
| align="left" | e, i, y, ee, ea, ei
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ij
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| align="left" | ij  
 
| align="left" | y, i, ei, ii
 
| align="left" | y, i, ei, ii
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | j
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| align="left" | j  
 
| align="left" | ch, g, dg, gg
 
| align="left" | ch, g, dg, gg
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ju (San Juan)
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| align="left" | ju (San Juan)  
 
| align="left" | h, wh, ch
 
| align="left" | h, wh, ch
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | k
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| align="left" | k  
 
| align="left" | c, ch, g, gh, q, nk, cc, ck
 
| align="left" | c, ch, g, gh, q, nk, cc, ck
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | kn (knot)
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| align="left" | kn (knot)  
 
| align="left" | n, gn
 
| align="left" | n, gn
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | kr
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| align="left" | kr  
 
| align="left" | chr, cr, gr
 
| align="left" | chr, cr, gr
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ks
+
| align="left" | ks  
 
| align="left" | x
 
| align="left" | x
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | l
+
| align="left" | l  
 
| align="left" | ll
 
| align="left" | ll
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | lf (calf)
+
| align="left" | lf (calf)  
 
| align="left" | f, v, ph, pf, gh
 
| align="left" | f, v, ph, pf, gh
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | Ll
+
| align="left" | Ll  
 
| align="left" | l, th
 
| align="left" | l, th
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | lm (calm)
+
| align="left" | lm (calm)  
 
| align="left" | m, mm, mb, mn
 
| align="left" | m, mm, mb, mn
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | m
+
| align="left" | m  
 
| align="left" | mm, lm, mb, mn, n
 
| align="left" | mm, lm, mb, mn, n
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | mb (comb)
+
| align="left" | mb (comb)  
 
| align="left" | mm, lm, mn
 
| align="left" | mm, lm, mn
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | n
+
| align="left" | n  
 
| align="left" | nn, ng, gn (gnat), kn, m
 
| align="left" | nn, ng, gn (gnat), kn, m
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ng
+
| align="left" | ng  
 
| align="left" | n, nk, ch, k, q
 
| align="left" | n, nk, ch, k, q
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | nk
+
| align="left" | nk  
 
| align="left" | ng, ch, k, q
 
| align="left" | ng, ch, k, q
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | nn
+
| align="left" | nn  
 
| align="left" | n
 
| align="left" | n
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | o
+
| align="left" | o  
 
| align="left" | a, e, i, u, aw, ow, eau (beau)
 
| align="left" | a, e, i, u, aw, ow, eau (beau)
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | oey
+
| align="left" | oey  
 
| align="left" | oy, oe, oi
 
| align="left" | oy, oe, oi
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | oi
+
| align="left" | oi  
 
| align="left" | oy, oe, oey
 
| align="left" | oy, oe, oey
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | oo
+
| align="left" | oo  
 
| align="left" | u, ow, ew
 
| align="left" | u, ow, ew
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ou
+
| align="left" | ou  
 
| align="left" | u, au, ow, ew, oo
 
| align="left" | u, au, ow, ew, oo
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ow
+
| align="left" | ow  
 
| align="left" | au, ou, eau (beau)
 
| align="left" | au, ou, eau (beau)
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | oy
+
| align="left" | oy  
 
| align="left" | oi, oe, oey
 
| align="left" | oi, oe, oey
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | p
+
| align="left" | p  
 
| align="left" | b, pp, ph, bb
 
| align="left" | b, pp, ph, bb
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | pf
+
| align="left" | pf  
 
| align="left" | f, p, ph, gh, v, lf
 
| align="left" | f, p, ph, gh, v, lf
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ph
+
| align="left" | ph  
 
| align="left" | f, gh (laugh), pf, lf, p
 
| align="left" | f, gh (laugh), pf, lf, p
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ps (psalm)
+
| align="left" | ps (psalm)  
 
| align="left" | s
 
| align="left" | s
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | q
+
| align="left" | q  
 
| align="left" | c, ch, g, k, gh, cc, ck, ng, nk
 
| align="left" | c, ch, g, k, gh, cc, ck, ng, nk
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | r
+
| align="left" | r  
 
| align="left" | rr, wr, rh
 
| align="left" | rr, wr, rh
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | rh
+
| align="left" | rh  
 
| align="left" | r, rr, wr
 
| align="left" | r, rr, wr
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | rr
+
| align="left" | rr  
 
| align="left" | r, rh, wr
 
| align="left" | r, rh, wr
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | s
+
| align="left" | s  
 
| align="left" | c, sh, tch, z, cz, ss, x
 
| align="left" | c, sh, tch, z, cz, ss, x
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | sch (school)
+
| align="left" | sch (school)  
 
| align="left" | sh, s, sc, sk, sq
 
| align="left" | sh, s, sc, sk, sq
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | sch (Schwarz)
+
| align="left" | sch (Schwarz)  
 
| align="left" | s, sh
 
| align="left" | s, sh
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | sch (Tisch)
+
| align="left" | sch (Tisch)  
 
| align="left" | sh, tsh, tch, ch, cz, ti (nation), ss
 
| align="left" | sh, tsh, tch, ch, cz, ti (nation), ss
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | sh
+
| align="left" | sh  
 
| align="left" | s, c, ch, cz, sch, ti (nation), ss
 
| align="left" | s, c, ch, cz, sch, ti (nation), ss
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | sk
+
| align="left" | sk  
 
| align="left" | sch, sh, s, sc, sq
 
| align="left" | sch, sh, s, sc, sq
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | sq
+
| align="left" | sq  
 
| align="left" | sc, sk, sch, sh
 
| align="left" | sc, sk, sch, sh
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ss
+
| align="left" | ss  
 
| align="left" | s, c, ch, ci, sh, sc, z
 
| align="left" | s, c, ch, ci, sh, sc, z
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | t
+
| align="left" | t  
 
| align="left" | d, dd, tt, th
 
| align="left" | d, dd, tt, th
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | tch
+
| align="left" | tch  
 
| align="left" | s, sh, c, ch, cz, s, tsh
 
| align="left" | s, sh, c, ch, cz, s, tsh
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | th
+
| align="left" | th  
 
| align="left" | t, tt, d
 
| align="left" | t, tt, d
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ti (nation)
+
| align="left" | ti (nation)  
 
| align="left" | sh, si, tsh, tch, ch
 
| align="left" | sh, si, tsh, tch, ch
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | tj
+
| align="left" | tj  
 
| align="left" | j, g, ch, dj, dg, tch, tsch, s
 
| align="left" | j, g, ch, dj, dg, tch, tsch, s
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | tt
+
| align="left" | tt  
 
| align="left" | d, dd, t, th, dt
 
| align="left" | d, dd, t, th, dt
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | ts
+
| align="left" | ts  
 
| align="left" | tz, cz, z
 
| align="left" | tz, cz, z
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | tz
+
| align="left" | tz  
 
| align="left" | ts, cz, z
 
| align="left" | ts, cz, z
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | u
+
| align="left" | u  
 
| align="left" | a, e, i, o, ou, ew, oo
 
| align="left" | a, e, i, o, ou, ew, oo
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | v
+
| align="left" | v  
 
| align="left" | b, f, lf, w
 
| align="left" | b, f, lf, w
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | w
+
| align="left" | w  
 
| align="left" | wh, v, au, oa, h, ju (San Juan)
 
| align="left" | wh, v, au, oa, h, ju (San Juan)
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | wh
+
| align="left" | wh  
 
| align="left" | w, h, ju (San Juan), oa
 
| align="left" | w, h, ju (San Juan), oa
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | wr
+
| align="left" | wr  
 
| align="left" | r, rh, rr
 
| align="left" | r, rh, rr
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | x
+
| align="left" | x  
 
| align="left" | s, z, ks, chs
 
| align="left" | s, z, ks, chs
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | y
+
| align="left" | y  
 
| align="left" | i, e, ij
 
| align="left" | i, e, ij
 
|-
 
|-
| align="left" | z
+
| align="left" | z  
 
| align="left" | s, c, sh, sch, x, ds
 
| align="left" | s, c, sh, sch, x, ds
 
|}
 
|}
  
== <center>'''Endnotes<br>'''</center> ==
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== Sources  ==
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1. Originally published in Bryan Lee Dilts, [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=216474&disp=1860+District+of+Columbia+census+index%20%20&columns=*,0,0 ''1860 District of Columbia Census Index: Heads of Households and Other Surnames in Households Index''] (Salt Lake City: Index Publishing, 1983), ix-x. Here by express permission of the author.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2. Originally published in G. David Dilts, "Censuses and Tax Lists," in Kory L. Meyerink, ed., [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=719674&disp=Printed+sources%20%20&columns=*,0,0 ''Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records''] (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998), 331. Here by express permission of the author.
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Two kinds of spelling errors are found in records and indexes. One kind of error is made when the transcriber or indexer misreads the original or mistypes the index entry. The other kind of error is made when the creator of the records misspells the name in the original record.

Commonly Misread Letters Table

The following table[1] shows how indexers and transcribers sometimes misread handwriting. The column on the left shows the actual spelling. The column on the right shows what the indexer or transcriber sometimes thought he or she saw. The mistakes are given in order of probability. Bold mistakes are especially common.

Intended
Common Mistakes
Intended
Common Mistakes
A H, C, O a o, u, ei, ie, n, w
B R, P, S b li, le, t, h, l
C G, E, O, Ce c e, i, o, u
D G, S, I, J, T, Ir d u, a, n, ie, ei, ee, ct, o
E C, G, Ee e i,c


ee u, n, ll, a o, ie, ei, w
F T, S, G, Ti, L f s, j, g, q, t
G S, Q, Z, Ci, L, Se, ls g y, z, q, f
H N, W, He, Sl, St, A, F h K, li, lc, le
I J, L, S, Q, F, T i e, c, l


ie ei, u, ee, n, a, o, w, il
J I, L S, Q, F, T, P, Jno, Mr, Mo j y, g, f, q, z
K H, R, B, tr, te k h, le, lr, te, R, B, H
L S, T, F l e, i, t


ll tt, ee, u, a, o, ie, ei
M W, H, N, A, Al, Me m w, rr, ni, in, iv, ev, ai, ui, iu
N H, W, V, St, Ne n u, a, o, ee, ie, ei, w, m
O C, U, V, D o a, u, n, ee, ll, ie, ei, tt
P R, B, I, J, S, L p ss, g, js, k, f, fs, fa, fi, fr
Q Z, D, I, J, G, C q g, y, z, f, ej, ij, j
R Pi, B, S, Pe, Pr, Re r e, s, i, ei, a
S L, I, J, St, Se, F, G, R, T s r, i, e, c


sc x


ss fs, p, rr, w, m, n
T F, S, L, D, Q t l, f, lr, i


te k


tt ll
U V, A, O, N, H u ee, a, o, n, ie, ei, ll, w
V N, W, Ir, Jr, B v u, n, b, rr, s, r, o, ee, ei
W M, N, U, H, St w m, rr, ur, nr, ui, ni, eu, en
X H, Z, N, J x sc, c, r
Y T, F, Z, Q y g, q, j, z, p, ej, ij, if
Z G, Q, Y z g, q, y, j, p



Phonetic Substitutes Table

The creator of the record sometimes misspelled the name in the original record because he or she misunderstood what the informant said. This happened very often when the informant came from another country. Also, many people were illiterate and did not know how to spell their names. The creator of the record spelled the name the way he or she thought it should be spelled.[2]

Original
Letters which might be substituted for the original
a e, i, o, u, y, ey, eh
au ow, ou
b p, v, bb, pp
bb b, p, pp
c (catch) k, g, gh, q, cc, ck
c (chin) ch, cz, s, sh, tch, tsh, z, dg
ch c, k, g, gh, sh, h (Chanukah), ju (San Juan)
chr kr, gr, cr
ck k, c, g, q
cr kr, chr, gr
cz c, ch, ts, tz, s, sh, tch, tsh
d dd, t, dt
dd d, t, tt
dg (dodge) g, j, ch, gg, tj
ds (bends) z, ts
dt d, t, tt
e a, ee, i, o, u, y, ie, ea
ea e, i, y, ie, ei
eau (beau) o, aw, ow, au, ou
ee ie, e, i, y, ea, ei
ew u, oo, ou
f v, ph, pf, gh, lf (calf), ff
ff f, ph, gh, v, lf (calf)
g c, ch, gg, gh, j, k, q, dg, h (Gila monster)
gg g, ch, k, q, j
gh (ghost) c, ch, g, gg, k, q
gh (laugh) f, ph, pf, v, lf
gn (gnat) n, kn
gr chr, kr
h ("h" is sometimes omitted), ch, wh, w, g (Gila monster), ju (San Juan)
i a, e, o, u, y, ei, uy, aye
ie e, i, y, ee, ea, ei
ij y, i, ei, ii
j ch, g, dg, gg
ju (San Juan) h, wh, ch
k c, ch, g, gh, q, nk, cc, ck
kn (knot) n, gn
kr chr, cr, gr
ks x
l ll
lf (calf) f, v, ph, pf, gh
Ll l, th
lm (calm) m, mm, mb, mn
m mm, lm, mb, mn, n
mb (comb) mm, lm, mn
n nn, ng, gn (gnat), kn, m
ng n, nk, ch, k, q
nk ng, ch, k, q
nn n
o a, e, i, u, aw, ow, eau (beau)
oey oy, oe, oi
oi oy, oe, oey
oo u, ow, ew
ou u, au, ow, ew, oo
ow au, ou, eau (beau)
oy oi, oe, oey
p b, pp, ph, bb
pf f, p, ph, gh, v, lf
ph f, gh (laugh), pf, lf, p
ps (psalm) s
q c, ch, g, k, gh, cc, ck, ng, nk
r rr, wr, rh
rh r, rr, wr
rr r, rh, wr
s c, sh, tch, z, cz, ss, x
sch (school) sh, s, sc, sk, sq
sch (Schwarz) s, sh
sch (Tisch) sh, tsh, tch, ch, cz, ti (nation), ss
sh s, c, ch, cz, sch, ti (nation), ss
sk sch, sh, s, sc, sq
sq sc, sk, sch, sh
ss s, c, ch, ci, sh, sc, z
t d, dd, tt, th
tch s, sh, c, ch, cz, s, tsh
th t, tt, d
ti (nation) sh, si, tsh, tch, ch
tj j, g, ch, dj, dg, tch, tsch, s
tt d, dd, t, th, dt
ts tz, cz, z
tz ts, cz, z
u a, e, i, o, ou, ew, oo
v b, f, lf, w
w wh, v, au, oa, h, ju (San Juan)
wh w, h, ju (San Juan), oa
wr r, rh, rr
x s, z, ks, chs
y i, e, ij
z s, c, sh, sch, x, ds

Sources

  1. Originally published in Bryan Lee Dilts, 1860 District of Columbia Census Index: Heads of Households and Other Surnames in Households Index (Salt Lake City: Index Publishing, 1983), ix-x. Here by express permission of the author.
  2. Originally published in G. David Dilts, "Censuses and Tax Lists," in Kory L. Meyerink, ed., Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998), 331. Here by express permission of the author.