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Problems with Places

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Re: Problems with Places

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 10:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Feb 2013 10:32AM GMT
The question mark signifies that FTM has not been asked to resolve the place and/or it hasn't been resolved.

To see what is going on, right click on one of these place names. You will see a right click menu. One of the choices is "resolve" this place name. Choose that and see the choices that FTM gives you to "resolve" and "standardize" the place name.

It is up to the user whether to resolve it or not. For example, if you have a place name that is historical, the PNA will not recognize it. Some people will leave it alone (ie Ignore it in resolving), some people will create two facts - one to show the modern name, traceable on a map, and another to show the historical name. Others will use something like "Hoboken, formerly Smithville, Ohio" - which will not resolve.

The PNA is just a tool that is basically a spell checker and primitive county finder of CURRENT place names.

I have many question marks in my list of Place Names and don't worry about them. I know I've looked at them as I entered them and chose to leave them as I entered for whatever reason. Many times it is because there are 6 cities/towns of a given name in a state and I don't now which of the 6 counties mine belongs to.

BTW, there is a choice to "resolve all place names". This is a tool where you can resolve a bunch of place names at one time. I suggest you use this tool sparingly, if at all. There are good chances you might resolve something that you want to take back and can't when you resolve a whole bunch at a time. I think it's better to do them one at a time and think about them as you are doing them.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
APeterWatson 12 Feb 2013 3:49PM GMT 
David Abernat... 12 Feb 2013 4:51PM GMT 
silverfox3280 12 Feb 2013 5:20PM GMT 
APeterWatson 12 Feb 2013 6:09PM GMT 
silverfox3280 12 Feb 2013 8:43PM GMT 
APeterWatson 13 Feb 2013 9:34AM GMT 
David Abernat... 13 Feb 2013 4:30PM GMT 
David Abernat... 13 Feb 2013 4:30PM GMT 
APeterWatson 13 Feb 2013 5:03PM GMT 
David Abernat... 13 Feb 2013 5:36PM GMT 
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