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From: "Cheri Casper" <>
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] Place Levels
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 11:28:30 -0800
Well from where I sit that is a problem. The entire name of the township as
listed on the census is the whole string with no parentheses to encase it.
I want the place to reflect *accurately* what is listed on the census.
From: William T. Flight [mailto:]
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 11:13 AM
Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Place Levels
The problem with "Grand River Township, Twp. 45, Range 32" is that there are
two commas in it. If the commas were left out, or if it was rewritten as
"Grand River Township (Twp. 45 Range 32)", it would work as a single piece
on any level. But the only level that is allowed to have embedded commas is
the Local Site level.
William T. Flight
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cheri Casper" <>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 1:54 PM
Subject: [GENBOX] Place Levels
> One of the problems as I see it with the Place levels is that GB "forces"
> some places into structures that *do not* reflect the actual place
> For example, in census work you often see that someone was enumerated in
> Grand River Township, Twp. 45, Range 32, Cass Co., Missouri
> The entire string "Grand River Township, Twp. 45, Range 32" is the
> level. Cass Co., Missouri is the next higher level. GB forces "Grand
> Township, Twp. 45, Range 32" into a Local Site. If you try to make it a
> Township, the parts "Twp. 45 and Range 32 are forced to the next higher
> level which is not correct. In essence the Twp. & Range are "synonyms"
> Grand River Township.
> I think I am going to have to adopt Claire's stance and just get over the
> fact that GB doesn't handle places in a manner in which I can easily
> comprehend. What would be far more useful to me would to be to have one
> window with ALL OF THE PLACE FIELDS on it. I would type in whatever I
> wanted in the first field, go to a drop down box and select the Type. Go
> the next field, type in the next level, and select type. What GB did
> the scenes with this information wouldn't matter to me as long as *I* was
> making the decisions about what level a field was being applied to. I
> suspect that the problem with my example is that there are commas in the
> field and GB thinks this means that information following the comma needs
> be pushed to the next level.
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