How do you enter an incomplete location?

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I run into this most often with unknown or uncertain counties. Are comma separated blank spaces acceptable in the location fields?

What about precincts for rural areas? Wards or other subdivisions for cities?
in Policy and Style by Ron Moore G2G6 Mach 2 (21.5k points)

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Hey Ron,

If I am understanding the question correctly, what I do is leave the broadest location I know and then you can leave notes in the biography about the places you think. Or you can put a possible one and then click the uncertain button and explain in the biography.

Do you have an example location you are talking about or a profile?

Thanks!

-Sarah
by Sarah Callis G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
selected by Ron Moore

I see that practice used often at FamilySearch.

A location may be transcribed as city, , state, country instead of city, county, state, country.

As Dale says, you should delete the extra space(s) and comma(s). My example would be displayed as city, state, country.

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Ron, What I do in those cases is to remove the extra commas and spaces to just enter what we know. As long as you spell everything out in full locations with possible missing specifics are better than no information at all.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)

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