Tag Archives: Places

Solution for Places with 2 County Options

What do you do when you have a Place but there are two possible counties within the same state?

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How To Determine Places

After going through ‘Resolve All Place Names’ I still have quite a few that are unknown and I can’t match up without more info. I found ‘Jefferson’ all by its little ‘ole self. Is this Jefferson, Colorado? Or, could it be Jefferson, Oregon? Is it a city or a county?

Here is one method I use to help resolve these little mysteries. In the Places Workspace look at the Associated People on the left-hand side. Double-click one and it will take you to the People Workspace for that Person. It also takes you to the fact for the specific Place. This is a great feature. Now you can look at the other places that the person has been to see if any of them match up. Also look at spouses, parents, and children. Also look at the Source info. In my case the Source was Kentucky Death Index and so it was Jefferson County, Kentucky! Yay!

When you find a match to back to the Places Workspace and edit the place with the new info.

Hope that helps!

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How To Delete Unused Places

I currently have about 5,832 Places. That’s quite a few so I figure that if I can delete even a few that aren’t being used it might be a good thing. Unfortunately there isn’t a good report that shows unused places (ARGH) so I am using the good ole method of go-down-the-list. Here’s how:

1. Go to Places tab.
2. Look for “Associated People” in the right-hand column.
3. Now go down your list of places (I am using my down arrow key) and keep your eye on the number next to “Associated People” – look for those with zero (“0”).
4. When you find a “0” look at the place name and note the place name right above the place you are deleting so that you can find your next starting spot (I use my cursor to mark the spot).
5. Right-click on the place name and choose “Delete Place”.

Now, this may not help make things run faster, or even matter in the general scheme of things but it sure helps my OCD to know that I have it cleaned up.

Dear Ancestry, Please create easy way to delete Places without any Associated People.

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Dear Ancestry, Places – Replacing…

Dear Ancestry, When I replace a place with another it seems that I have to replace the one with more Associated People, otherwise it doesn’t replace and I have to do it again. Sure would be nice to work either way.

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