This family plot of stones caught my eye in Green Grove Cemetery in Keyport, Monmouth County, New Jersey. The stones had the surname COLLINS, except one, which included a G in the spelling: COLLINGS. Some regional accents barely pronounce the G sound in ING, which can account for the spelling difference in this situation.
|The surname on this tombstone includes a G.|
One of the tails in my family tree is my great-great-great grandfather, William Cumming (1856 - 1882). Records spell the name with or without a G as well as an S.
Be open to spelling variations. Figure out the most frequent variations based on phonetics.