On the question of how to categorize, I would suggest that the original reference always be used. My reasoning behind this is that that is the location that will be used in contemporary documents. Taking the example of the man who was born in St Petersburg ... he was always born in St Petersburg, no matter what name the city had subsequently. If you wish to link it to a modern location use a note, plus latitude and longitude are always good although older maps such information may not be accurate.
John A
On 11/02/2013 8:04 PM, Tim Lyons wrote:
paul womack wrote
My initial concern is my sheer ignorance
of English convention for the various
"regions" for which information is available
(county, parish (are organisational parishes the
same as church parishes), towns, and electoral
areas.

Q1) Can anyone point me at a reference or tutorial for how these
interact/overlap?
The classical genealogy way of handling 'regions' is by Chapman codes
(although this doesn't really help with a hierarchy).

See this URL for some discussion:
http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~jimella/counties.htm

Unfortunately, now that the Post Office deprecate counties, it is sometimes
difficult to get a good estimate for the current county name for a place,
let alone what it might have been in at some time in the past.



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