How would you record events that occur in a location which becomes a
part of a different political or administrative area?
San Jose is a large city in California which absorbed several cities,
towns and townships as it expanded. One of the cities, Willow Glen,
became part of San Jose in the late 1950's, long after several events
occurred. That is was once a city has been forgotten. Official records
place several events in WIllow Glen, or The Willows as it was originally
known and later events in the same locations are placed in San Jose.
Several events occurred at a specific location in Yuba County,
California but that location became part of Sutter County when Yuba
County was divided to create Sutter County. The official records remain
with Yuba County although the location is no longer part of Yuba County.
Would I use the county that the event occurred in at the time of the
event? To complicate things, the location eventually became a part of
what was at the time a small unincorporated town a few miles away and is
no longer known by it's original name.
Also, how would I handle Alsace and Lorraine, which have been a part of
either France or Germany at different times? Would I record the country
as the one in control of the region at the time of the event?
I have been using only the original location information but I'm
thinking that linking several locations with explnatory notes to
indicate the original locations as well as the current location
information would be better and make things easier for researchers. And
perhaps I could link or reference location s to each other.
What is the best way to record in Gramps, keeping in mind that the
information is for other researchers? Single, original location with
notes or multiple linked locations with notes, or somethign else?