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Alternate Place Names - Proper Documentation

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Re: Alternate Place Names - Proper Documentation

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 4:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Nov 2012 4:10AM GMT
Marco Scavo Comment

Marienthal, Russia (now Marienka, Ukraine)
Marienthal (now Marienka), Russia (now Ukraine)

Marco sometimes I do this also

But when I do it I am always concerned about the word "now"

I have always assumed it meant the date you entered your info

But the bothersome part to me when I do this is:

Suppose 10 years has passed since I entered the data for "now" and suppose I have entered thousands of new people/places in my data base and further suppose the entry I previously entered in the parenthesis ( )has once or twice, etc more changed to a new name --What do I do -- I probably don't even remember that I did this before for this place and/or don't remember what the previous "now" said and more than likely I probably can't find it.

This happened a lot in the United States as names changed from areas (e.g. New England) to Townships to Sections, to RFD, to Villages, to Towns, to Cities, etc. It is still happening today, though not as frequently

I see a lot of genealogists do this and you/I can see this by referring to genealogies developed in the early 1800's and in many cases the "now" these genealogists used have possibly changed to a couple of more "recent" "nows" [which people need to be careful of in copying potential out of date date places]

I don't have an answer to this or a suggestion --- it is just one more worrisome thing [at least to me] when dealing with places
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silverfox3280 15 Nov 2012 4:47PM GMT 
kj_norway 15 Nov 2012 6:51PM GMT 
kj_norway 15 Nov 2012 7:00PM GMT 
MarcoScavo 15 Nov 2012 6:45PM GMT 
MarcoScavo 16 Nov 2012 12:45AM GMT 
KATHYMARIEANN 16 Nov 2012 11:07AM GMT 
David Abernat... 16 Nov 2012 4:03PM GMT 
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