JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Summation of responses to Genealogy Standards: Names of Cities and Countries? #general


I would like to thank all of the people who took the time to respond to
my question about standards for referring to cities that have changed
names along with those where the country in which they are located has
changed. The nummer of responses, both privately and to the list, was
enormous and served to verify what a great group the genealogy world

In summation, almost all of the responses fell into one of two groups,
and the distribution was about equal between the groups. One group said
to use the modern name of the city/country and cited some official
sources for that view. The other group said to use the name and
location at the time that the event occurred. This group also cited
some official sources. In both cases, it was recommended that somewhere
within your data base, the alternate names and locations should be

So it comes down to a personal choice, really. I personally lean toward
using the name at the time that the event occurred, but using notes as
to the current and perhaps even other names of the locale.

Thanks once again to all who wrote.

Howard Lewin
Commack, NY

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