Consistent formatting, spelling, and punctuality in place names, and place names containing only place information, is important for many reasons:
For places in the US, enter places in the form:
State (2-letter abbreviation), County name (including " Co"), City and other location information.
Examples:For independent cities, enter the state and city. If the name of the city is also the name of a county, differentiate by adding "City". Of the many in Virginia, below are the most common. (Others that are contained within a larger county, I list those with the county.)
Examples:For other countries, enter the country, province, and city. For Ireland, select the county in the form "Cork Co".
Examples:For some countries the county or province to use may not be clear. Here are some links to maps for suggestions:
England, Scotland, Wales • Ireland • France • Germany • Spain • Italy
Boundary changes: See the separate page on boundary changes.
Questionable / Uncertain places: To the right of the entry field is a checkbox for marking a place as questionable or uncertain. Instead of typing a ? or "probably" or something like this in the field, just check the checkbox and leave the text to be the place itself.
Unknowns: In cases where a state or country is known, but efforts to find a county or province have not been successful, then just enter the state/country and city.
For help in finding places, click the icon. A website will come up with more information about the place, if found. Alternatively, try GNIS or Wikipedia. If you can't find a place anywhere, then it's probably not correct.