Welcome @Smalls347 !I am a direct ancestor if Edward Cuthbert, Cuthberts of Castle Hill, Scotland. James Cuthbert landed in South Carolina in 1737. My great....greandfather lived in the Cuthbert home until the war. I love learning all the things about the time period no matter what family. However, I really do love reading about my direct ancestors stories and history. My family was lucky and we have things from our Civil War home in Beaufort. It makes reasearching and reading stories online feel more real when I have the portrait of my ancestors eyes staring right at me. For me, knowing who my ancestor is helps reading the battles and all the stories easier to follow because of certain names.
I agree with everything you said !
My Dad's family linage is also Scottish.
However, I caution you not to focus on specific family names.
While normal misspelling over the centuries are the most common, it may be more involved.
For example, my paternal family name in America is spelled Magee, Macghee, Megee, Mackay, Macgee, ect.
Actually we are MacGregors.
It's a long story, but we fought with the royalists against Oliver Cromwell and we lost.
Thus the name MacGregor was once again banned in Scotland for a long time.
But that's for a different forum.
After those times, we sailed over to the Virginia colony and settled in the New World during the 1600's,
( but we still had to hide the name MacGregor for a few years).