All true genealogists know how to spell the word "genealogy." However, not everyone else knows how and sometimes that can work to your advantage. I use this trick often when looking for bargains or to find overlooked items for sale on eBay and elsewhere.
For instance, perhaps you are looking for some genealogy books or records for sale concerning ancestors in the state of Maine. Normally, I would go to eBay and search for:
That should find all genealogy-related items relating to Maine that presently are for sale. However, that only works if the seller knows how to spell. Many times, they do not.
I just went to ebay.com and found the following items for sale:
Searching for "genealogy Maine" (the correct spelling) found 418 results.
Searching for "geneology Maine" found one item, a book about a family in a town where my ancestors lived for several generations although the surname listed in the book's title does not appear in my family tree. However, I wouldn't be surprised if my family might be mentioned someplace in that book.
Searching for "geneaology Maine" found one result, a book about a French-Canadian family that is in my own family tree.
To expand it a bit further:
Searching for "genealogy" (the correct spelling) found 44,902 results.
Searching for "geneology" found 547 items although only a few of those results were related to genealogy.
Searching for "geneaology" found 126 results.
I used eBay in this example but the same thing is true when searching on Google, Yahoo, Mocavo, and other search engines. Experiment with all sorts of spellings, not only for "genealogy" but also for surnames and place names. After all, how many people outside of New England know the proper spelling of "Worcester?"
The moral of this story is: "Don't overlook all possibilities. Just because you know how to spell properly does not mean that everyone else does the same!"