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Place Naming Conventions

January 5, 2011


These proposals seem to follow mostly what we are already doing. Hopefully these standards will make it easier for our family members to find their way around the places in the genealogy database.


There are three groups: (1 ) Within the United Kingdom, (2) Not the UK or the US, and (3) Within the United States. Within each of these groups the conditions are arranged from most general location to most specific location.



Condition

Proposal

Example

Within the United Kingdom

1

Great Britain, United Kingdom

Use “UK” along with the appropriate country: Wales, England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. With an appropriate comma.

Wales, UK

2

UK County or parish

The name of the county or parish, the country and “UK” with appropriate commas. Only use when either just the country or parish is known but not the city.

South Glamorgan, Wales, UK

3

UK City

Just prefix the city to the country and to “UK” with appropriate commas.

Cardiff, Wales, UK

4

UK Place

The name of the place, the city, the country and “UK”.

St. James Church, Cardiff, Wales, UK

5

UK Address

The full address, the city, the county and “UK” with appropriate commas.

1 John Street, Penarth, Wales, UK

Not the UK or the US

6

Country that is neither the UK or US

Spell out the full name of the country.

China

7

Non UK or US city

Spell out the full name of the country.

Queenstown, Ireland

8

Non UK or US county, parish or province

Spell out the full name of the county/parish/province, include the type [whether a country, parish or province] and the full name of the country.

Gansu Province, China

9

Non UK or US place

The name of the place, the City [or county/province/etc]. If the City is not known] and the full spelled out name of the country.

Cork Hospital, Cork, Ireland

or

Cork Hospital, County Cork, Ireland

10

Non UK or US address

The place address, the City and the full name of the country.

24 Glendalough, Arklow, Ireland

Within the United States

11

State Only

Spell out the full name of the state and follow with ", USA".

New Jersey, USA

12

County and State

The county name, the word “County” and the spelled-out US state name, and follow with ", USA", with appropriate commas.

Beadle County, South Dakota, USA

13

City and State

The full name of the City and the spelled-out US state name, and follow with ", USA", with appropriate commas. Leave the county name out unless it is key to locating the city.

Rahway, New Jersey, USA

14

Place

The name of the place, the City and the spelled-out US state name, and follow with ", USA", with appropriate commas.

Alexandria Hospital [New], Alexandria, Virginia, USA

15

Address

The street address, the City and the spelled-out US state name, and follow with ", USA", with appropriate commas.

208 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Virginia, USA


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