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Standard format for places in the USA

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Re: Standard format for places in the USA

Posted: 11 Feb 2013 3:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
The GEDCOM standard is not real specific on this, but it says:

The jurisdictional name of the place where the event took place. Jurisdictions are separated by commas, for example, "Cove, Cache, Utah, USA." If the actual jurisdictional names of these places have been identified, they can be shown using a PLAC.FORM structure either in the HEADER or in the event structure. (See {PLACE_HIERARCHY}, page 58.)

So... The place names are only slightly positional in that if the event happened in the county you would only indicate {county_name}, {state_name}, USA

In places where a city does not reside in a county then the city name precedes the state without a county between.

The standard also says that a FORMate is used after the PLAC to indicate a variance from the values in the HEADer.

Personally, I think:

1) always be consistant, if you use the word "county" or "Co." or "Cnty" always use it.

2)Sometimes Township is a "Jurisdiction" because a city does not exist. Use this even though this does not fit into the FTM setup.

3) Sometimes a city spans two (or more) counties, what do you do? I use the first county the city was found in.

I try to be as accurate as I can without becoming "too anal". The place field is not really enough to be acurate all the time. Some countries don't have the same divisions as the USA so you will have to learn what they use.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
sturdy2 11 Feb 2013 7:21PM GMT 
johndd189 11 Feb 2013 10:26PM GMT 
kj_norway 11 Feb 2013 10:45PM GMT 
silverfox3280 12 Feb 2013 12:32AM GMT 
sturdy2 12 Feb 2013 6:42PM GMT 
silverfox3280 12 Feb 2013 9:05PM GMT 
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