Steve, your post did not offend me in the least. I have only started researching my sons paternal ancestors. One of which who we were told was a "Bias", who married a Thigpen, turned out to be a "Byars". But wait, Susan Byars is found as Susan ByErs! Her father, William H. Byars/Byers is found as all three depending on which census you look at. Anyone who tells you that you shouldn't list your ancestors as a name with different spelling obviously has ancestors with names that can be spelled only one way.Anyone know of a name like that?Cause I sure dont! Researching: Gilgore/Gelgore/Gilgor/Gilgan Cotton/Cotten Lowery/Lowry/Lowary/Laurie/and any other variant Bayne/Baynes/Baine Byars/Byers/Bias and several others that can spelled any number of ways!