Forget whether it be a Birthplace; or, Death-place; or, whatever ...
A "Standardised" 'Place' is a 'Place' Name that appears in the "Research/Places" Database of "FamilySearch".
You can "Enter" an EXACT 'House' and 'Street' Address (if known); and, keep that (as entered); but, you have to also then "Stansardise" what you have entered with the closest one of the "Standard" 'Place' Names in the "Research/Places" Database of "FamilySearch".
That "Standard" may just be the, City, State, Country; or, it nay be the, County, City, State, Country; or, it may be the, Suburb, County, City, State, Country, it all depends on what "FamilySearch" has stored in the "Research/Places" Database.
If you want to keep what you have entered, then when it ask you to select a "Standard"; then, DO NOT select a particular "Standard"; but, select/click ANYWHERE outside of the 'Drop Down' "Standard" List.
Then, when you have done that, you can then select that SMALL 'Triangle' on the 'right-hand-side' of the "Standardized Event Place" (which is below what you have entered as the Place); and, you then select the closest one of the "Standards" that matched the 'Place' Name you entered.
Here is a "Knowledge Article" in "FamilySearch"
How do I enter dates and places into Family Tree?
I hope this helps.
why can't it just be the state? since that is all i know. my uncle died in florida. we have no idea where in florida. why is Family Search being so particular?
You can standardize on just the state. However, when FamilySearch offers a more precise place, there usually is a good reason.
Would you like help figuring out what that reason is, and perhaps enhancing your uncle's profile with additional information backed by historical records?
well that makes no sense. it is standardized as Florida. why is there a red exclamation point there saying it isn't? if there is a suggestion perhaps the exclamaition point should say that instead and i can go look at it. I really thought FamilySearch would be great but maybe because it is free and a bunch of members add to other member trees it really isn't accurate. very worrisome.
The red exclamation mark just means that the association between the entered text (the display value) and the places database (the available standardized values) has not been established. Basically, the computer hasn't been properly told where to stick the map pin, and it's yelling that "I don't know where this is!". To tell it (and get it to stop yelling), just edit the conclusion and tell it where to put the pin.
Click Edit, then click the (tiny) little triangle at the right of the Standardized Event Place field (where it currently says "No standard is selected"). You should have at least one choice matching what has been typed into the event place field. For example, if the Birthplace field just says "Florida", the first choice in the Standardized drop-down will be "Florida, United States". Choose that, click Save, and the red exclamation should be gone.
"I really thought FamilySearch would be great but maybe because it is free and a bunch of members add to other member trees it really isn't accurate".
When we first started years ago on this collaborative "we all work on the same ancestor" profile idea we shared your frustrations of loss of control and not sure of how the "family tree" works, it's rules (standardization), etc. We still have the same frustrations at times, .....but less so as an ancestor's profile is "worked by many" and we found and read the sites help articles and reading tips by other users here and the prior community board .
as another suggested, you can always leave the deceased ancestor name and ID PID you are working on in the user community here, note what you are seeking guidance on and maybe you might get a "taker" to assist. some thoughtful folks around here.
Your passion and desire to learn is a great starting point. thanks for sharing your memories to your uncles profile, thanks for sharing your learning path, frustrations and all, on the tree. we've all been there. smile.