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Subject: Re: [PAF-5] Questions
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 21:55:53 EDT
In a message dated 10/19/02 9:06:09 PM Central Daylight Time,
> I was asked today in our PAF meeting how
> you would site the following.
> 1. If you have an individual who was born in
> St. Louis, Missouri. How would you enter that
> into PAF? Please keep in mind that the City of
> St. Louis in not in any County. Please Help.
> 2. When you want to edit your notes, is there a
> way to edit them in Microsoft Word, or do you
> have to do it in PAF.
Easy. You don't have to enter the county. You can enter whatever
information you have. You can even include the name of a parish or church if
you have it!
You can enter
St. James Clerkenwell, London, Essex, England
Essex County, England
England or Wales
of London, England
If later you learn more information you can edit it - or not, as you choose.
If I went back and changed all of the towns that I hadn;t known the county
for in my mother's ancestry, I'd be at it for a year! Nonetheless as I've
repeatedly worked on the lines many of my entries have been updated.
Alot of what you get told in those "how to" classes, particularly those
taught by LDS members, has more to do with what is "correct" form then with
what works in the computer program.
Neither is "correct" form ordinarily a universal agreed upon set of
standards. On the Legacy users list, people spend more time debating how
the program "should" fill in unknown dates for life events! To most of us,
there is nothing correct about guessing at those dates, particularly in data
that is to be shared with a public data base or posted to the web!
Did they tell you what to do when you don't know the name of the place yet?
In my LDS taught class, we were taught to write "of Liverpool, Maine" if that
is where someone married and we have no idea where they were born. Atleast
putting "of" doesn't fool anyone into thinking this is known information. I
myself never put in anything if I honestly haven't any idea. But sometimes
primary source material on a marriage or a death will say that someone is
"of" or "from" a place.