Should I enter an uncertain Death place if I only have the burial place?

+6 votes
(As opposed to leaving Death place blank).

I'm thinking it would be useful for other researchers: when I'm searching a name to see if the person I'm about to add already exists, it is very useful to have birth/death places names come up, even if uncertain.  Often you put in a name and get a wall of 100 people with similar names, one year and no places, it's next to impossible to know if one of them is your duplicate or not.

Most of the time people are buried in the same area they died.
in Policy and Style by Matt McNabb G2G Crew (880 points)

2 Answers

+10 votes
Best answer
Yes, provide the burial location as the death location and select uncertain. For the reasons you give, that is the best idea. Also, a notation in the biography to explain it would be best.
by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (252k points)
selected by Matt McNabb
I often add the county,  state,  country and omit the town of the cemetery.   In my family people often remained in the same general area as their parents or ancestors but may move to a nearby community.   When they die they are often buried in a family cemetery.   Don't forget to make a note about the assumptions.   My parents died in South Carolina and are buried in  Michigan.
I concur, for example my father died in Montréal, but was buried in his hometown where he was born and married, with funeral service done there as well.  Hadn't lived there for about 25 years.  My brother was buried with him later, funeral in same place, but my brother never lived in that town.
+1 vote
This partly why I wish there was a way to choose between birth and baptism or some similar word and death or burial. The default could be birth or death, but there are so many errors in this regard.  Same with make or female - uncertain or uncertain.  I wish certain was a default as it is the typical answer.
by Susan Fitzmaurice G2G6 Mach 5 (57.2k points)

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