Why is Northern Ireland being changed to Ireland? Yes, I know that "Northern Ireland" did not exist before before 1921 but when a person is identified as being born in Northern Ireland that means that they were from one of six counties: Antrim, Down, Armagh, Londonderry, Fermanagh, or Tyrone. By switching that to just Ireland you are losing valuable information that might assist a future researcher. At the very least when making a change like above the editor should make a note in the biography explaining what they did.
I would like to propose that when one discovers a "Northern Ireland" before 1921 that they change it to "Ulster, Ireland". Ulster is one of four Irish provinces, and is located in the north of the island of Ireland. It is made up of nine counties, six of which are in Northern Ireland (a part of the United Kingdom) and three of which are in the Republic of Ireland.