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Old 28 April 2017, 08:22 PM
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And to be truly accurate, you should make note of the date of statehood, or county boundary changes and work that information into the storyline.
I've been using the notes field in the places sidebar for some of this information.
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Old 28 April 2017, 11:01 PM
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I've been using the notes field in the places sidebar for some of this information.
And it would be fantastic if we could link up media items here - pictures of olde farms or houses or other places our family members lived and worked...

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Old 02 September 2017, 01:20 PM
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if the document you are looking at (census, will, deed, etc.) says West Virginia, then you cite it as West Virginia. If it says Virginia, then cite it as Virginia. Best practice is to use existing place name at the time document was created.
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Old 13 December 2017, 02:13 PM
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So based on the above recommendations, "Ft. Boonesborough, KY" would be "Ft. Boonesborough, VA" prior to June 1, 1792, correct? What about prior to June 12, 1776 as Ft. Boonesborough was founded in 1774/1775? Colony of Virginia? Royal Colony of ...?
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Old 13 December 2017, 05:22 PM
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Arnold,

Problem 1 you solved - how to express these facts. It is clearly easy to say "Clarksburg, Harrison, Virginia" in the data recording field, and then explain that in 1863 West Virginia was created from Virginia and Clarksburg is now in West Virginia in the comments area.

Problem 2 I suspect is personal - How do I find out what this town, county, ect., was known as in 1850? Was it Clarksburg, Harrison, Virginia, or was it in fact known by some other name? Another aspect of this is that some sources, especially on-line sources, use the current names, not the names in effect at that time.

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1. You could insert a note as explanation. But I always just use the place name as cited in the source I'm looking at.

2. If the author did not cite the place name as it was at the time, then the research is shoddy at best.
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