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I have been on IGI for Pateley Bridge where my Skaifes hail from, but am confused. I know years ago Skaife was spelt Scaife, Scafe etc. My dilemma is I have a list of potential children born to William Skaife and Jane. Do I count all the ones listed as born to William and Jane, there are 16 children all with these parents, but sometimes William's name is spelt Skaife, Scaife, Skaiffe, Scafe, etc. From what I have learned the spelling was due to whoever wrote it down for the records.
What do you think, since they changed the spelling around quite a bit, its very confusing. What are the odds on the children all having parents with the same fornames, and not being related.
Incedently Benson Skaife my direct ancestor, is on IGI with his name spelt as Scafe, and later spelt Skaife.

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