I could use some advice from fellow genea-bloggers. I am in the midst of cleaning up my database (I know, brave man I am) and am vexed about how to enter locations properly.
Most of my ancestors hail from New York and there is a pretty good list of New York counties over on the NYGENWeb page, however the exact dates of county creation are not listed. But they do list what was the original county.
An example: many of my Austin ancestors lived in what is now Lewis county. But here is what the progression of that county looks like:
1805 - present: Lewis
1798 - 1805: Oneida
1791 - 1798: Herkimer
1772 - 1792: Montgomery
1683 - 1772: Tryon
So, do I list someone born in 1802 as Lowville, Oneida, New York (reflecting the name of the county on their birthdate) or do I put the present day location of Lowville, Lewis, New York? Using the latter would seem more helpful to fellow researchers.
What I've done is started to created a txt file which I keep as an icon on my desktop listing the exact dates of county creation. Its creation was born of frustration, especially concerning the New York City counties. I could never figure out when The Bronx was created (btw it is one of the few US locations officially with an article before its name, but Bronx County does not use "the") or when Brooklyn reverted from an independent city to a borough and was part of the new Kings county in 1898.
Once the listing is complete perhaps I will post it here for other New York researchers.