Jennie Goodwin wrote:
>First question. Most people use the standard location
>structure, I assume: city, county, state, country.
>Wht do you suggest for places, like hospitals,
>churches, cemeteries? Before the city or after the
A common question, asked often, answered in *many* different ways.
For myself, I've decided on putting the special place in parentheses
the City, which is pretty much the same as using a hyphen. Examples
McMinnville (Evergreen Memorial Park), Yamhill County, Oregon,
Portland (St. Vincents Hospital), Multnomah County, Oregon, United
My reasoning for using Locations with Special Places in parentheses
1. I don't use events for locations. In a database sense, repeatedly
storing something that gets repeated many times over (an event) is bad.
example, if you use events to specify cemeteries and want to add some
information about a particular cemetery, where are you going to put
information? You need to add it to the event for each person who uses
2. I don't use the solution that separates a Special Place with a comma
because the vast majority of my Locations do not have a Special Place
them; that would require me to include an extra comma in the majority
3. I don't use the solution that places the special place after the
because the special place is almost certainly most closely related to
City and not the County, State, or Country.
4. I use parentheses because they provide both an opening and closing
symbol around the Special Place where the hyphen only provides an
symbol. I believe others may make the opposite choice because the