Its getting frustrating - the changes in place location
I know this has been discussed in other places but I wanted to give my take on this topic. I do quite a bit of Dutch research (50+ years). Lately I've seen a number of people changing the location of the places where my ancestors were born in the Netherlands. Let me give you a good example.
I have ancestors born in Maassluis, South Holland, Netherlands. I doesn't matter to me if South Holland is spelled Zuid Holland, or Netherlands is spelled Nederland. But what does matter is people are changing South Holland to just plain Holland. Before around 1800 indeed the place name was Maassluis, Holland, Netherlands. That is correct for the time frame. But so what! The records are not stored in Holland Netherlands. The records at the Salt Lake library are catalogued by province in (Zuid) South Holland, Netherlands.
If someone who is not familiar with the history of the Netherlands would have a hard time finding the records for Maassluis. I'm sure if they can figure it out with effort, but it's a waste of time and not helpful because the records are stored in the correct place in South Holland.
Recently I saw this same thing in Germany. I'm not as familiar with Germany. I don't remember the name of the town but they changed from the province/county to Holy Roman Empire. Again, factually correct but not helpful. If I were doing research in that town I would have to go to great lengths to figure out where the town is located and then find the records.
I see this in the US too. I don't care about how US is spelled but I do care where the records are located. And having to go do research to figure this all out is a waste of time. It doesn't matter to me one bit the ancient history of the place where these people are from, it matters where the records are stored today.
The Netherlands at one time was ruled by Spain. If one of my ancestors was born in Leiden when it was ruled by Spain are you going to store a portion of the parish register is Spain? Of course not. Leiden is in South Holland, Netherlands today not Leiden, Holland, Netherlands. The records are in Leiden ,South Holland.
So help me with my frustration. Is this your policy now to make it historically correct for place names, or should I be working to make sure the place names conform to where the records are located today.