Why is the phrase "Unknown County" being Added, the Removed from Profiles I manage?

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Why is the phrase"Unknown County" being Added, then Removed from pProfile I manage?
WikiTree profile: Jimmie Dalton Adley
asked in Policy and Style by Jon P. Czarowitz G2G6 Mach 3 (38.6k points)
edited by Jillaine Smith

5 Answers

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In this case the problem is not the category, but the birth location field. It is not allowed to use the word "Unknown" in any of the place fields. So instead of entering "Unknown County, Texas, United States" in birth place field, it is recommended to enter: "Texas, United States".

Concerning categories: some states do have a "State, Unknown county" category which may be used when the state is known, but cannot be narrowed down to a specific county. It would be pointless to use it on the profile of Jimmie Dalton Adley, because the county where he died is known and he can be categorized there.
answered by Isabelle Rassinot G2G6 Pilot (227k points)
selected by Cheryl Skordahl
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According to the changes it looks like someone added county Texas, which was than replaced with unknown county, which was recently removed as there is no such county as unknown
answered by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (191k points)
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Hi, Rick,

You are the person entering the phrase, and it is being removed by one or more Data Doctors because it is generating an error on the suggestion report, There are no places called "Unknown County." A location that names only a country or state should be sufficient to indicate that the town and county are unknown without adding the superfluous phrase.
answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (635k points)
That's odd, because I had someone with a state project -- may have been Virginia -- specifically tell me I had to use their "Unknown county" category and not to use the state.
Yes, this was one of the places to use such a category as a "parking" place so that the PM's would refrain from using a top level category instead.
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As far as I know, "Unknown County, State" categories have not yet been approved in the category structure, but categories are different from Birth and Death Place fields - which is where these changes are happening. If a city or county is unknown, you only use the information that is known (in this case, state and country).

.See Help:Location Fields for more information.

answered by Steven Harris G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
+1 vote
When the information is known you add it to the database field; the lack of the information being there is an indicator that it is unknown.
answered by Walter Steesy G2G6 (9.3k points)

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