Please Correct Help Center Article: "How do I enter dates and places into Family Tree?"
The Help Center article "How do I enter dates and places into Family Tree?" is dated March 3, 2021, so apparently it was recently updated. However, it still contains misleading and incomplete information that is probably adding to the confusion in Family Tree in regards to standardized dates and places and how to use them. Please revise this article to help people better understand how dates and places can be entered in Family Tree and to try to get people to stop removing or degrading correct information in the name of "standardization."
Here is a first draft of my suggested improvements for your consideration. Strike out = to be deleted. Bold = my suggested addition:
How do I enter dates and places into Family Tree?
Article Id: 1417, Published March 03, 2021
Using standard formats for Linking standardized versions of dates and places to the displayed dates and places in Family Tree improves the accuracy and searchability of the information you enter.
Before you start
- Many places have or have had the same or similar names. People write dates in many ways. Family Tree
helpsallows you to link standardized versions of dates and places as you enter them while preserving the ability to enter them as completely and accurately as required by your particular research findings.
- Always enter dates and places as accurately and clearly as possible for the benefit of others who will view the information that you enter.
- The standardized versions of your dates and places
Standards improve the accuracy and clarity for others who view the information that you enter. They alsoimprove the accuracy of the search, record hints, and duplicates features of Family Tree.
- The list of standardized versions can speed up data entry for you.
- When a date or place does not have a standardized version linked to it, Family Tree identifies it as a data problem and displays a red exclamation point next to it. To fix this,
edit the date or place, andopen the Edit box, click on “No Standard Selected,” and select a standard.
- If you see a map location icon next to the name of a place, it just means that it
already matcheshappens to exactly match a place name in the ourlist of standardized locations.
- If you do not see a map location icon next to the name of a place this usually means either that the place name includes additional information to more precisely identify a place or that a standardized version of the place name does not yet exist in the list of standardized locations so a larger geographical area is used for the standardized version.
- Never delete correct place name information just to get a map location icon to display. Map location icons are not required and have no bearing on the correctness of the place name displayed.
1. In a date or place field in Family Tree, begin typing the date or place.
- Tips for dates:
- 29 February standardizes only for leap years.
- Use B.C. or B.C.E. for "before Christ" or "Before Common Era." The standard shows as B.C.
- Family Tree standardizes using the Gregorian calendar. To enter a date from another calendar, enter the date, type a space, and then enter the Gregorian version of that date.
When entering dates, it is possible that 2 options may appear (for example, 5 Nov 1911 or 5 November 1911). Choose the date with a calendar icon beside it (usually the latter, 5 November 1911). This will prevent data errors associated with date format.
- Tips for places:
- The database of standard places is not yet complete. The standards will improve over time.
If possible, eEnter the place-name as it existed when the event happened.
have the option tomay enter place names in your native language or the native language of that place.
f the correct standard is not available, type the place as you want it to be recorded, type a space, and then type a version of the place-name that can be standardized. This may be the modern-day place-name or the name of the county, state, province, or country where it is currently located.
2. As you type, a drop down menu appears. The first line contains exactly what you are typing. The remaining lines contain possible standardized versions.
the system displays the available standards. Click the correct one. To select no standard, click the mouse somewhere else on the screen.If a standardized version appears that matches what you intend to type in, click on it to finish entering the data. To keep what you typed, click the first item on the standards list. Family Tree selects a standard if it can.If no matching standardized version appears, finish completely typing out the date or place name and click on the top line of the drop down menu, the one that matches what you typed.
- Check the standardized version chosen by the system. For dates, make sure it shows the correct date. For place names, if it only has a different spelling or if it is for a larger but correct geographical area, your data is correctly standardized.
- If you need to
Tochange the standard, simplyclick in the standardized data field, and choose the one you wantcorrect standardized version.
- If the correct standard is not available,
retype the date or place.post a request in the FamilySearch Places Community Group including the ID number of the person you are entering data for to have your data evaluated as to why an appropriate standardized version does not appear and so the standards list can be updated if needed. You will need to join the group to do this.
3. The system will likely prompt you to update the reason why the information is correct. Do this
, and then click Save.