For a number of years, my wife and I served in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Center, located at 14325-53 Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, just off Whitemud Drive on 53 Avenue. Telephone number 780-436-0136. We were released from service there in 2018, but as I serve as a FamilySearch Support missionary, I continue my interest in FHCs.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Errors in Standard Dates and Places in Family Tree
In Family Tree, the dates and places wesee are not necessarily the ones the computersees.
(You may want to read that sentence 2 or 3 times so it really sinks in.)
I have seen places spelled-out perfectly that have been interpreted (standardized) by the computer as being some other place in some other country. A bunch of my ancestors born in "Scotland" were standardized as born in "Scotland, St. Helena"! Ancestors shown as born in "Paddington, London, England" have been standardized as born in County Tyrone, Ireland". new.familysearch.org has left us a legacy of interesting "standard" forms!
What has changed recently is that FT is informing us if a date or place has NOT been standardized. This is a major improvement but it is unable to detect places that have been WRONGLY standardized.
Hint: To see how any date or place has been standardized, see the pop-up when the mouse pointer is hovered over it.
Look at this record: Name: Robert Teal 2VSQ-XTP Birth: abt 1790 of Holme, Yorkshire, England
Are the date and place of birth standard? You might think not from their format, what does the pop-up say? (Please don't change it as I may want to use it in a lesson.)
To Fix Errors: If a date or place is standardized incorrectly, edit it and choose a standard date or place that pops up.