How do we interprete Birth Place and Death Place?

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I have been working enthusiastically on profiles in Wikitree for over a year now. In this regard, I have a question about the interpretation of Birth Place and Death Place.

In many cases I have intended to fill in these terms as specifically and concretely as possible, namely by also adding address details. The Google Maps pin also recognizes this specific location in most cases. See as an example [[Rosier-516|Samuel Rosier (1866-1935)]].

What do you think about this interpretation of Birth Place and Death Place?

in Policy and Style by Kees Rosier G2G2 (2.4k points)

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The help page says "Do not include a house number, street address, building name, church, hospital, etc., in the location field unless it represents an administrative division, such as a parish. This should be in the biography instead."

Link to help page

by Maggie Andersson G2G6 Pilot (138k points)
selected by Dieter Lewerenz

Thank you Maggie, your answer is clear.

On the other hand, what is an “administrative division”? An example is “parish”. But does it also mean, for example, a residential area, in other words a part of a city? Many cities originated as a group of villages. At the time it was a village, now part of a large city. If that is allowed, the terms “Birth Place” and “Death Place” are more concrete, more specific.

Another part of the Location (Place) field guidance is that they use the names they were known by at the time of the event (see Location Field Style Guide) rather than the name they are currently known by.

Having looked I see that I shouldn't use street addresses or house names etc. Now I'm all grown up and I would appreciate being told the reason on the help page. I can think of no reason why we shouldn't use Buckingham Palace if we can source it.

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