New Brunswick, Canada Suggestions vs New Brunswick, New Jersey

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I'm new to the data doctors project, and I've been accessing the reports by geographic location to find suggestions in my home province where I'm most familiar with the records.  The report for New Brunswick, Canada however shows hundreds of suggestions that end up being for New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Is there any way to correct this in the data or is this just one of those nuisance bugs that is hard to filter in a report?  Any tips and tricks for finding New Brunswick suggestions?
in WikiTree Tech by Matthew Evans G2G6 Mach 3 (32.8k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith

I think Ales Trtnik should be able to revise the search strings in WikiTree+ to make this distinction.

In working with the New Netherland Settlers project, I have encountered a number of profiles for people who lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey, so I have thought about the shared name, but I had no idea that the name was creating this problem for data doctors. Most profiles for the place in New Jersey will also have New Jersey in the name field, but there likely are some that will say NJ instead.

I suspect its complicated, because New Brunswick wasn't part of Canada until 1867. Before that it was an independent colony, and before that it was part of the colony of Nova Scotia.  So its not possible use Canada as a keyword, for example, to differentiate it from other places that use the name New Brunswick.

I'm also commenting so I can follow the discussion. I agree it would make some things easier!
I've been aware of this for some time now. Not a big problem to me.

Edit: there is also a "Brunswick, Cumberland, Maine" that shows up.

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Note prior to 1867 there was no New Brunswick, Canada; it was just a colony of Briton. New Brunswick, New Jersey as a designation was around for a much longer period.
by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
I think it should be possible to search for "IF new brunswick NOT new jersey".

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