What is Description of Residence in Residence Event used for
I'm creating my first Residence Event. I want to make sure I have a Residence Event for the 1910 census. The source I'll be using is an image/memory I copied from the 1910 US census on Ancestry. (Ammunition for refuting bad record created by the infamous US1910Project.)
After selecting Residence from Other Information-->Add Information of my person's page, the Residence pop-up window appears. Without thinking much, I entered the census location in the first field, 'Description of Residence.' But then I notice there was a separate field for 'Place of Residence.'
So what is the Description of Residence used for? Maybe, 'Residence of John C Kunz in 1910 census?'
Hoping for examples to follow, I looked at Residence events already in my person's page (perhaps created automatically by merges of other censuses), but they leave the field blank.
Julia Szent-Györgyi ✭✭✭✭✭
Like most things in FamilySearch's Family Tree, the "description of residence" field is used for whatever you put in it.
As you've noticed, the residence conclusions added by Source Linker generally leave the field blank. You can recognize that a string of U.S. residences with dates that are all multiples of ten are very likely based on U.S. censuses, so I doubt that most people bother to edit the conclusion and add a description, but something like "U.S. Census" can help differentiate between, say, a business directory address from a census year and the census residence. (Poor man's source tagging, since FS still hasn't addressed this shortcoming in the Tree.)2
I use that field only rarely, and then only if there is some annotation on the page. Some enumerators in cities wrote in the left margin the street name; that detail can go in the Description field.2
Brett . ✭✭✭✭✭
I am just another 'lowly' User/Patron ...
Just in passing ...
Further to; and, in support of, what 'Julia' has already proffered ...
Plus, what you have already deduced ...
That "Description of Residence", CAN, be used to describe, the "Context" of the "Residence" ...
eg. Census; Birth/Marriage/Death, Registration; 1939 National Registration, for World War II (England & Wales); etc
In fact, just about ANYTHING, that one wants.
Or, of course ...
One can certainly leave such "Blank"; but, I tend not to do such; so that, there is "Context", to the "Residence".
The choice is up to the User/Patron.
[ Your EXAMPLE, is 'spot on' ... ]
Just my thoughts.
ps: I ALWAYS add, a "Description of Residence"; so that, there IS "Context", for a "Residence".
Yes, I like giving it context, too, although that may be the result of a couple of decades on Ancestry and three decades with Family Tree Maker software.0
Like others I rarely use this field but when I do it’s usually along the lines of, “ living with sister and brother-in-law”. Especially useful if they are just listed on the census as a “visitor”, with no indication of the connection. Or on one occasion, “boarder in household of future in-laws”.0
Colin, I really like that idea. Point out what's not immediately apparent to the next familysearch user who comes across the event in the tree person's life. (Or, to one's forgetful self)0