I wanted to jump in here and tell you that I have most of the churchbooks from the Fairfield and Hocking County, Ohio that the Kulls are listed in. In one book alone (Trinity Sponagle Lutheran Church, Baptism, Confirmations and Marriage Records) there are the various spellings of Kneller, Knoeller and Knoller, all in the same family. These variations in spelling in the newer American publications of the old german text churchbooks is due to transcription problems usually. Sometimes the handwriting was hard to decipher because it was fading and deteriorating and sometimes it was just plain impossible to read, so they just did the best they could.
And even before they got settled on American soil, often times some immigrants themselves changed the spelling on purpose, sometimes they couldn't read or write and their name was spelled for them the way it sounded. Sometimes they could write but their handwriting could not be deciphered by Americans. For any number of reasons, yes, you need to check for any variations of spellings that are even remotely close. firstname.lastname@example.org
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