Tips for Members Who Are Editing High-Level US Place Categories on Profiles

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1. Use the new Category format button to determine if multiple categories with similar names exist. Tip 1 will help with Tip 2!

2. Note that some place names are townships, not towns, and that the citation may not include the word "township."

edit: Not all townships have categories, so you may need to defer to the county.

Beyond that, keep up the good work!!yes

asked in The Tree House by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (134k points)
retagged by Natalie Trott
Add the usa tag please. It is kind of misleading...

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Township categories for US states are not all set up. If you need to add one, the format is [[Category:XXXTownship, XXXCounty, XXXState]] so [[Category:Jefferson Township, Allen County, Indiana]]. Michigan and New Jersey have charter townships and those have the same set up, but add the word Charter. [[Category:XXXCharter Township, XXXCounty,XXXState]].

Thank you, Lindy!
answered by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (295k points)
New York has "Military Townships" which are not civil (government) jurisdictions but were "real estate" descriptions for awarding land as payment for service during the Revolutionary War.

Towns (the governmental organization) were often created using the same boundaries and same name, such as Ovid. The Town of Ovid was transferred  between counties and later divided into what today are the Towns of Ovid, Covert, and Lodi, while the Military Township name still remains today as part of the location description in deeds of land.

Military Township being used as a location description should be included in the biographical text on a WikiTree profile, not in the profile's database, i.e., birth,death, or marriage place name
Good to know, Walter!
Just in case it isn't clear:

Some of Michigan's townships (about 1/8) are charter townships, not all.

Charter townships have more power than non-charter townships, so the designation only explicitly implies a stronger local government. Implicitly, it implies that the (charter) township has a high enough population and tax base to merit a stronger local government.

Some communities choose to remain a charter township for political reasons (often related to taxation) even when they become highly (sub)urbanized and are widely thought of informally as cities. For example, the charter townships of Clinton and Canton each have over 90k people and are the 10th and 11th largest communities in the state.

Good information to know, Thomas. Thanks!

I try to stay out of "that state up north" though, since I am a Buckeye! laugh

I usually steer clear of Buckeyes myself - unless you mean the Buckeye treats! Best thing that ever came out of Ohio. laugh

They are pretty darned tasty! (But please don't eat the real ones.)

And these things: https://matadornetwork.com/life/21-great-things-ohio-gave-us-one-bad-thing/

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