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From: "Teresa Elliott" <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] F2 place lookup WARNING
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 17:37:38 -0600
I wish that when you F2'd in L1, it would show ALL places instead of just
those that have data in L1.
Teresa Ghee Elliott
From: Darrell A. Martin [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 5:21 PM
Subject: Re: [TMG] F2 place lookup WARNING
At 10:06 PM 12/28/2004, Walt wrote:
>At 02:08 PM 12/28/2004, Darrell A. Martin wrote:
>>It is not directly relevant to the F2 question, but I do not consider a
cemetery, school, street address, farm, or repository to be part of the
"place definition". I look at those as detailed information about the event,
and put them in the Memo field. Otherwise I would end up with "places" like
>>the bedroom at the top of the stairs
>>the old family farmhouse
>>the Dutton District
>>in which I would have recorded three primary BMDB events. To me, these all
happened in "Springfield ..."
>Please tell me again what you DO put in the fields to the left of the
>I think that as time has passed I have gotten closer and closer to your
philosophy as to how these fields should be filled in.
Almost all of my people and events are in New England. The key to places
there is the "Town" (only called a Township in Maine, but the geographical
equivalent), which may be established as a City. In most Towns, there are
one or more recognized places; they may be incorporated villages,
unincorporated villages, or hamlets. Other than incorporation, the
distinctions are quite fuzzy....
I put an F2 lookup code in Addressee (L1). It is designed to quickly and
reliably show all the MPL places connected to a Town (or higher level if the
Town is not known).
In Detail (L2) I put the hamlet or village. If there is none, I leave it
In City/Town (L3) I put the Town, or City if appropriate. If none, I leave
Note that in New England, very few records are kept at the county level. So,
most sources that state a county-only New England place are secondary and
often come from other regions (many times because of an ignorance of the
primacy of the Town or City east of New York). Because of that, my codes
"tolerate" county only places, as well as state only, but the focus is
always on the Town.
Hope this is of some interest.
Darrell A. Martin
a native Vermonter currently in exile in Illinois
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