How do we categorize land divisions in Ireland?

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Ireland is made up of two sections, but apparently we're not dividing it accordingly?

One of my ancestors was born in the Province of Ulster, Northern Ireland. There are many modern-day counties in Ulster, but I have no idea which county he lived in and for that matter, the borders changed frequently in ancient history.

Do I simply put [[Category:Ulster Province, Ireland]] as opposed to [[Category:Ulster Province, Northern Ireland]] or something else?

I notice there's one county listed under Ireland at the present time, but no provinces.

I've set the category up as Ulster Province, Ireland and it's in red on the profile page. If I click on it, will it automatically be added to the Ireland category? I don't want to proceed until I find out if this is the preferred way of categorizing the area.

The following includes maps of the different divisions in Ireland:
in Policy and Style by Debby Black G2G6 Mach 8 (81.9k points)

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Currently we have Category:Ireland (as in the Republic of) and Category:Northern Ireland.

According to the standards we've been using in other countries, a province should just be named like Category:Ulster. It would be a subcategory of Northern Ireland.

The one county that's listed now, County Antrim, could also be a subcategory of Ulster. (And actually, it's name should probably be changed to either Antrim or County Antrim, instead of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to be consistent with the English and Scottish counties.)

So here's what you should do: Change the category on the profile page to [[Category:Ulster]]. Click on the red link. That will take you to the category edit page, where you can enter [[Category:Northern Ireland]] and save the page.

Let me know if you need any more help! And thanks for helping to populate the categories! :)
by Liander Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (429k points)
selected by Debby Black

It's done. Thank you, Lianne.

I had not seen Northern Ireland because I looked in the region section and simply clicked on Ireland expecting to see the two divisions there. It never occurred to me to click on Europe in order to find Northern Ireland. This shows how much I don't know about European land divisions.


Oh, thanks for pointing that out, because that listing is actually wrong! I'll fix it up. (Ireland is not in Great Britain.)

Perhaps I'll also add a note on the Ireland category page, linking to Northern Ireland. That could be a common source of confusion.
I think adding a note on the Ireland category page linking to Northern Ireland is a good idea. Thanks again.

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