Place Names approach
- Hi folks,
In my Personal Family History database (Roots Magic) I have adopted a
full disclosure approach to the recorded place names. The notes
portion is used extensively to record known changes and history about
a place. I generally stay with the most current, recognizable name
for a location - I remain consist to this approach in my PFHdb.
Basically, I consider I have 3 levels of place name plus a 4th level
for the country. This seems to be the most used pattern including
the Standard Finder results in Family Search Labs. Therefore, when
deciding upon those three levels, I select them so the readers of my
Personal Family History database (RootsMagic), no matter where they
live in the world, will have sufficient data to accurately locate the
place name. Fortunately, my PFHdb RM places table allows the
addition of comments relating to the place, plus latitude, longitude
(common reference regardless of the changing name for a location). A
good URL - www.geonames.org - I use it to check out place names, give
it a try.
Another point to consider, there are often different reference names
for the 3 levels of a location depending on the country of the
For instance, in the United States, we consider level one is
generally a village/town/community/city; level two, the county; level
three, the state/ level four, the country.
While in New Zealand, level one is a community/town/city; level two
is a local government district; level three is geo-political region;
level four, the country.
France seems to use level one, community/village/town/city; level
two, geo-political department; level three, region; level four, the
Hmmm, food for thought, remember those who may review/read your
records and have to guess at what you meant.
Beaverton, Oregon and New Zealand
- Lise, I like your response! I want to know all the good ideas everyone has to share, too.About a month ago Family History Center Support called me and set up an appointment timeto go through about an hour of training for directors. Up to that point everything I knewwas self taught or learned from groups like this one. It was enlightening to know there was helpthat I wasn't even aware of.So I've been thinking this week that I need to call FamilySearch back and click on the option forFamily History Consultants. Maybe they have a little bit of training there, too? I know they will at leastwalk the consultant through the registration process and adding email options for the newsletters. Hasanyone else tried this? Is this something our Consultants should do? I know there are FamilySearchmissionaries especially trained that would love to help, but I haven't taken the time to call, yet.....Deanne