Correct Sourcing for Birth

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I have several family members who were born in Indian Territory before Oklahoma became a state. These people knew the county they were born in and used that when listing their birth location ie... Love County, Oklahoma instead of Indian Territory When entering their birth information should I list both or one and if so which is correct? If I list ie... Love County, Oklahoma my family tree software will alert me that there was not a county by that name during that particular year. If I list Indian Territory do I need to list anything else along with it?


in WikiTree Help by Sharon Glover G2G6 Mach 1 (10.9k points)
edited by Dorothy Barry
In bio you could note that “Indian Territory” is today Oklahoma.

It sounds like your genealogy may be Roots Magic. The software will certainly alert you, but it also allows you to put in what ever you think is appropriate. For example you could put the location as “Indian Territory (Oklahoma)”.

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As was said in a commen, you put Indian Territory in the birth location and put that it is present day Oklahoma. Give the date it became Oklahoma as well. While your software might allow putting (Oklahoma) in the location don’t do that on WikiTree since it will be flagged as an error and will eventually get fixed (removed). Always use the location as it was known at the time if the event.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (447k points)
Thank you so much.


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