RootsMagic 7 users can add "Place Details" to Events, or "Place Notes" to a Place in the "Place List," that indicate a historical place name. I see these two options:
Option 1 -- Adding information to the standard place names to reflect historical place names
For example, here is my "Edit Person" screen for Moses Smith (1732-1806), who was born in Medfield, Massachusetts. The current place name for the Birth Fact is "Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States."
In the "Place Details" field I entered:
"(then in Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British America)"
On the "Place List (use Lists > Place List), for Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, I clicked on the "edit" button, clicked the GeoCode button and the program defined the latitude and longitude of Medfield, and defined the standard place name:
I then clicked on the "Place Note" button on the "Edit Place" screen and added this text:
"Medfield was in Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America from 1649 to 1776, and in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States from 1776 to 1793, and in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States from 1793 to the current time."
That provides information about the jurisdictions from 1649 to the present time.
Adding information to one "Place Detail" is relatively easy, but I will have to do it for hundreds of place names for the persons and Facts in my database with Medfield before 1776. And then there are over 8,800 place names in my RootsMagic database. Another major problem with adding a "Place Detail" as above is that it will print out the Place Detail in a report, which may be confusing. I don't think I will do this in the near future.
Option 2 -- Adding historical place names to the Facts and Place List
A second option for RootsMagic users is to add the Historical Place Name in the Fact field. I created an "Alternate Birth" Fact for Moses just to see what could be done. Here is the entry:
On the screen above, I added an Alternate Birth Fact for Moses, with the birth place as:
"Medfield, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America."
That enters the place name into the "Place List" (use Lists > Place List). I clicked on the "Edit button on the "Place List" screen, and added the standardized place name so that the map would show up when I click on the "Online map" button.
In order to make the Online Map show the proper location, I had to copy and paste the latitude and longitude into the appropriate fields (as shown on the screen above).
After clicking "OK" on the screen above, I clicked on the "Online Map" button and the map that appeared was for Medfield, Massachusetts:
Option 2 is a lot of work. I may need several historical place names for each current place, and I have over 8,800 place names on my "Place List." I don't think I will do much of this in the near future.
Perhaps my readers have another idea for how to add or replace standardized current place names with historical place names.
I did this in RootsMagic, but not everybody uses RootsMagic. What do users of Legacy Family Tree, Family Tree Maker, Family Tree Builder, Reunion, Ancestry Member Trees, MyHeritage trees, and other software programs or online trees do to input historical place names, and use the online maps?
I have an idea on what could be done by the software companies and online trees, and will describe it in another post.
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