Guidelines for Entering Places
- I am going to share with the members of our ward what they need to do
to clean up there genealogical records in order to get ready for the
nFS. But I would like to have one point clarified first if I could.
The is concerning place names. In the nFS Users Guide in Appendix C
it makes several points such as:
If you know them, enter all of the levels, such as cities, counties,
regions, districts, prefectures, provinces, and states. If you do not
know all of the levels, FamilySearch will help you to add them.
Enter the smallest government level first, and move to the largest.
For example, start with the town, and end with the country.
Include the name of the country whenever possible.
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Dafen, Carmarthen, Wales
Doncaster, Victoria, Australia
Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand
In the first point it starts with "city" and ends with "state".
Then it says to end with the "country".
Then in the examples it shows: "Chicago, Cook, Illinois" with out
listing the country followed by other examples listing the countries.
If a large portion of our ansestors lived in the USA to do we need to
put "USA" or not? Or does it even mater that much in the nFS?
I have seen some of the members records and some have used "USA" and
others have not. So before I go tell everybody they need to add "USA"
, if that is the country, I would like to know what is the recommended
method for the nFS.
- On 10/29/07, Randy Bryson <brysonrw@...> wrote:
> Places are standardized to a "placeId" which is basically a unique number. All variations of that place, regardless of time are associated to that id. Currently, the system returns the modern name, though it is able to understand or interpret the input of historical places and historical place names.Thank you for confirming my suspicions. That is very helpful.
> Thus, the system will accept place names of the period of the record and will associate them to what is termed a "standardized" place. So my recommendation is to follow standard form and enter the place name used at the time of the event when entering information. When the data is received it goes through a standardization process, but the original text is not changed. It is just associated to a standardized place in the authorities systems.I'm still fuzzy here - at some point the system needs to be able to
> In searching, the original text, the standardized text and the placeId are all used to identify records by the algorithms, so a search of Samuel Bryson in Sessions Settlement, Utah, returns a Samuel Bryson in Bountiful, Utah just fine.
associate what you've entered to a standardized, if historical, name.
I'm leery of entering "custom" simply because I don't know if it's
able to properly assign it's PlaceID. Can you clarify on "best