How should one write up their Locations? Here are my examples.
They describe the location in full so the is no possible way of identifying the wrong place. Also other readers get a better idea of exactly where the location is. 'I' might know, but do my readers? Separating the parts with commas and using a consistent style makes readability and sorting easy when in a list. I use <F8> extensively in BK5 & BK6 and now Brothers Keeper v7 to make sure I repeat the same spelling mistakes and typographical errors. Only ONE location is ever entered - once. Using the Chapman Codes makes for consistent abbreviations and reduces the space needed in database fields of limited length. It also reduces database size, more so since there are no duplications. Both COUNTY, and COUNTRY. codes are always in upper case font with Commas & Periods as shown.
See my location list in Brothers Keeper. Observe that some locations are duplicated and others not conforming.
Note that some of these ideas and methods developed with the early technology day of computers, with small memories & storage space. Some programs and databases used these 'STANDARDS' and is the only way they would work, especially with small (20-character) Location fields.
That now does not apply in 2018, so full names are preferred.
Chapman codes are a set of 3-letter codes used in genealogy to identify the administrative divisions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Refer:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapman_code - - - http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mgfhs/chworld.htm - - - http://www.aigs.org.au/ChapmanCodes.htm
NOTE: These codes, a superset of the the ISO 3166-2:GB and BS 6879 codes, were created by Dr Colin Chapman. This Web connection is particulary helpful for a Global perspective. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-2 ..
England (ENG) Before 1974:- -------------------------- BDF Bedfordshire HRT Hertfordshire SOM Somerset BRK Berkshire HUN Huntingdonshire STS Staffordshire BKM Buckinghamshire KEN Kent SFK Suffolk CAM Cambridgeshire LAN Lancashire SRY Surrey CHS Cheshire LEI Leicestershire ** SSX Sussex CON Cornwall LIN Lincolnshire WAR Warwickshire CUL Cumberland LND London WES Westmorland DBY Derbyshire MDX Middlesex WIL Wiltshire DEV Devonshire NFK Norfolk WOR Worcestershire DOR Dorset NTH Northamptonshire YKS Yorkshire DUR Durham NBL Northumberland ERY East Riding Yorkshire ESS Essex NTT Nottinghamshire WRY West Riding Yorkshire GLS Gloucestershire OXF Oxfordshire NRY North Riding Yorkshire HAM Hampshire RUT Rutland IOW Isle Of Wight HEF Herefordshire SAL Shropshire IOM Isle Of Man
Wales (WLS) :- ** since changed from LEI to LEC ------------- AGY Anglesey DEN Denbighshire MON Monmouthshire BRE Breconshire FLN Flintshire MGY Montgomeryshire CAE Caernarvonshire GLA Glamorganshire PEM Pembrokeshire CGN Cardiganshire MER Merionethshire RAD Radnorshire CMN Carmarthenshire
Scotland (SCT) :- --------------- ABD Aberdeenshire FIF Fifeshire PEE Peebleshire ANS Angus (Forfar) INV Inverness-shire PER Perthshire ARL Argyllshire KED Kincardineshire RFW Renfrewshire AYR Ayrshire KRN Kinross-shire ROC Ross & Cromarty BAN Banffshire KKD Kircudbrightshire ROX Roxburghshire BEW Berwickshire LKS Lanarkshire SEL Selkirkshire BUT Bute MLN Midlothian SHI Shetland Isles CAI Caithness MOR Moray STI Stirlingshire CLK Clackmannanshire NAI Nairnshire SUT Sutherland DFS Dumfriesshire OKI Orkney Isles WLN West Lothian ELN East Lothian WIG Wigtownshire Channel Isles (CHI) ** :- ** since changed from CHI to CHA --------------------- ALD Alderney GSY Guernsey SRK Sark JSY Jersey
Ireland (IRL) :- ---------------- CAR Carlow LEX Leix (Queens) WAT Watford CAV Cavan LIM Limerick WEM Westmeath CLA Clare LOG Longford WEX Wexford COR Cork LOU Louth WIC Wicklow DON Donegal MAY Mayo DUB Dublin MEA Meath N.Ireland (NIR) :- GAL Galway MOG Monoghan ANT Antrim KER Kerry OFF Offaly (Kings) ARM Armagh KID Kildare Queens (See Leix) DOW Down KIK Kilkenny ROS Roscommon FER Fermanagh Kings (see Offaly) SLI Sligo LDY Londonderry LET Leitrim TIP Tipperary TYR Tyrone Note the two parts of Ireland - IRL and NIR.
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