I do various name studies and one big one has four spelling variations influenced by time frame, geography and literacy. All these spellings have the same soundex code, hence my original wish, but they do not group together in RM Explorer or the sidebar so a particular individual might list in any of those four blocks.
Reading Dons Post on the hints & tips board inspired me to a work around which already existed in RM4 but in the midst of so much other work I had overlooked. The alternate name has one drop down option for "Other Spelling" amongst others. It might be a little like using a sledge hammer to crack a nut but for now I can run a piece of script on the gedcom file, check the existing Surname spelling and insert the variations in blocks like below.
1 NAME Anne /Surgenor/ 2 GIVN Anne 2 SURN Surgenor 2 TYPE other spelling
Turning on the option to show Alternate Names will now group all those family names together in RM Explorer , Sidebar and People View regardless of the spelling variations. For now I will just exclude the Alternate Name fact from Narrative Reports and keep my fingers crossed that the Soundex wish might become a reality in the future.
I canít really post this on the Hints & Tips as it involves a bit of external work, after all it would be rather time consuming working through all names in the database adding numerous spelling variations one record at a time.
My thanks to Don Newcomb for the spark that brought about this big win for me.