Question about Counties of Birthplaces

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A question for the pros.

Which is the accepted practice of adding the county of birthplace to a profile with regard to the date of birth?  The county as it was at the time of birth or the county as it is today?

The profile example does not really fit the question above, however it does ask pretty much the same question

Andrew Moorman-175, was born in 1744, in Virginia.  

Family Data Collection at Ancestry have this record on file in Provo, listing Louisa County, Virginia.  Louisa (1742) was formed from Hanover County (1721) which was formed from New Kent County (1654).

WikiTree has New Kent County as the county of birth.  Does all this matter to me?  Not really, however for those who don't know the timeline of counties it could be confusing.  It was to me until I read up on it.
WikiTree profile: Achilles Moorman
in The Tree House by Scott Lee G2G6 Mach 5 (54.2k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Perhaps the person entering the profile was coming down through generations and so got stuck on Kent as the county and carried it through the changes - you could go up the tree and see, changing to match timeline of those changes - I would note in the bios those changes so folks know where to look for connected folks according to time

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Generally, a location should be described as it was known at the time of the event.
by JT Strong G2G6 Mach 7 (78.9k points)
selected by Scott Lee

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