I repeat again my belief the Standardized Place Name should be the shared Place information online and by gedcom where it is populated, County Check suggestions should populate this field rather than overwriting the users Place entry when selected, does anyone offer any objections to this model?
I cannot say that I agree or disagree. There are complications. Given the way geo-coding and County Check work, it seems that Standardized is the contemporary name that can be found on/retrieved from mapping software and that Place is intended to be the historical name. After all why apply geo-coded lookup name to one and check for the historical name of the County, State and Country for the other. Moreover, it is only Place and coordinates that are exported to GEDCOM and transferred to other databases, thus preserving the (possibly historical) name and the coordinates which all agree are more essential to locating something absolutely than is the name, whether "standardized" or historical. As I have demonstrated with the unorthodox use of the Abbreviation field, it is desirable to have not only the contemporary or standardized name and coordinates common to multiple historical names along with the historical names, but also a Display/Report name that allows the user to freely use such words and abbreviations as Village, Town, City, City of, Twp., Township, Co., County, Parish, Shire, etc... I'm pretty sure we have discussed this in the past and it is on the enhancement list; given there has been no support for transfer of any name other than Place added in the life of RM, the prospects seem bleak.
As a development direction and following on from the above post from TomH, perhaps a 4th Place field like Historical Place Name should be catered for which could detail Parish or other information describing that Place.
As I said above, I think the Place value is already the Historical name.
Edited by TomH, 27 December 2016 - 02:50 PM.