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Two of my aunts “went with the years” as we used to say…because they were born in 1900.

One was born today on her parents’ farm near Basco, Hancock County, Illinois. Sometimes her name gets spelled “Auche.”It was actually Altje. It’s pronounced very close to “awe chee” (at least in our family). Sometimes it’s pronounced “alt chuh.”

Here’s your reminders–not every one anglicizes or uses an easier-to-spell version of their name. Aunt Altje was always Altje–she ended up having a good ol’ English last name of Worthington after her marriage.

And…do you record how names are pronounced if you know?

This is not just an exercise for those of us with ancestors whose names were not of English origin. Even some English names get pronounced in unusual ways in some families.



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