Are these Wikidata definitions of "Colony" and "Territory" applicable to Wikitree?

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A colony is a territory under the immediate political control of a geographically distant state.

A territory is usually a non-sovereign geographic area which has come under the authority of another government; which has not been granted the powers of self-government normally devolved to secondary territorial divisions; or both.

in Policy and Style by Ron Floyd G2G6 Mach 2 (27.4k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
The terminology we use for place names in the data fields is supposed to be (to the extent practicable) based on the names that were in use when the event occurred, not our modern notions of place names or terminology.
So if this terminology was not used in the time period in question for a particular area, then it is not applicable today?
Maybe I misunderstood your question...

In WikiTree, when we use words like "colony" and "territory," it's usually as part of the name of a place where an ancestor or relative lived or lives, such as "Plymouth Colony" or "Southwest Territory."
I would say the answer to your title question (although you referenced Wikipedia, not Wikidata) is Yes, Ron.

As Ellen indicates, both words have historically been a part of the official name of various geopolitical regions. I am fairly certain that territory is still in use in that context, but I can't say for sure that colony is.

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Whatever is on the sourced and credible surviving documentation is the exact place name too enter in the profiles wikitree-data_doctors place-name locations. Sometimes the data_doctors does not have it. such as "Kirkwall,Orkney,Scotland" so then the best action would be too either put in a non dated place-name suggestion,or the closest dated place_name with a sub-category in the biography like..=== Note on place-name ===. There you go into detail about.

I had too use "Holm and Paplay,Orkney,Scotland" because all other non dated suggestions were too broad and unspecific. XD

BTW add these tags if you can please: g2g,Place_names,data_doctors.

thank you
by Troy Smith G2G6 Mach 5 (54.8k points)

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