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Ask a Genealogist: How to properly add a location to your research.

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Question:

I would like to know the correct way to address the town, county, province of locations. I want to know how to address the way to enter town, county, and province including New Netherland, New York, New Jersey and other locations that are now states. This would be for period during the Revolutionary War and before.

Answer:

The rule of thumb for place names is to record them as they existed at the time of the event in question. In some instances a place may no longer exist and in such instances you can augment the place by including the present day name for it in parenthesis.

For example, if you are talking about the capital of New Netherland, you could say New Amsterdam, New Netherlands (which became Manhattan, New York County, New York).
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