How should I categorize Ensley, Jefferson County, Alabama?

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I just ran across a death location that no longer exists as it once did. According to the Wikipedia article, Ensley, Alabama was once a city, but it was absorbed by Birmingham ca. 1910. 

The attached profile represents a gentleman who died in Ensley. Should I add him to the Birmingham category, or should a separate category for Ensley be created?

If we want to create a new category for Ensley, where should it be categorized? Under Birmingham? Under Jefferson County??

Thanks!

WikiTree profile: James Courson
asked in Policy and Style by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (266k points)

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I would create [[Category:Ensley, Alabama]] and put it under the parent of [[Category:Jefferson County, Alabama]]. Then, in the category text you can explain that it no longer exists (but is it a ghost town then?) Anyway, then you link it to [[:Category:Birmingham, Alabama]]. You can also link to [[:Category:Ensley, Alabama]] from Birmingham's category.
answered by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (421k points)
selected by Michelle Enke
Thanks, Natalie!

Not a ghost town. It's now considered a "neighborhood" of Birmingham.
Natalie --

It seems odd to put a note on the Birmingham page about Ensley. Should I maybe just add it as a sub-category?

(I did link to Birmingham from the Ensley page. See: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Ensley%2C_Alabama)

I know it seems odd, and this is something we've discussed recently in our categorization google group. (areas/neighborhoods/former towns swallowed up in urban expansion) and how to handle them. Cross-linking was one of the recommended ways to handle such situations. One of the things we talked about was that former towns. Ellen Smith noted :Many United States "neighborhoods" and "sections of town" -- not just in major cities -- originated as separate cities/towns or distinct villages, and in many cases they retain a distinct identity within the larger city or town that they are now part of. These places absolutely need categories because they are the documented locations of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and may still be listed as the locations of cemeteries." I agree with this. Some of the recently constructed hierarchies (such as Zimbabwe and Prince Edward Island) have employed the use of Historic Places categories, so they would just park a category in there and link to the modern place. (see that in action here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Montrose%2C_Prince_Edward_Island. See in the Category Info Box the section called Timeline? 

Anyway, that's probably not necessary in this case. Yes you can make it a subcategory of Birmingham and call it a day. 

Thanks, again!! :-)

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