Re: Mapping Facility in FH
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I tried that link below but it failed to load the Map having found the place I asked for. I have a FamilySearch account. Is there something else required to get this to work.?
David Charles Potter
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of John Hanson
Sent: 08 January 2021 18:39
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Mapping Facility in FH
Whilst Mangotsfield might be in Gloucestershire it is in Keynsham registration district
There are also instances where the registration district is not an actual place – Cosford in Suffolk that crops up many times in my family
These days I resort to an online gazetteer to sort them out and first port of call is the LDS mapping facility at https://www.familysearch.org/mapp/
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Your comments do not entirely make sense to me.
Firstly when I enter an event the registration district shows up in the source so I know what it is.
I know that Mangotsfield is in Gloucestershire and Keynsham is in Somerset is because I lived in the area. If the same situation occurred in say Northumberland then I would not have a clue and I think most people would take the same view as me. To look up some gazetteer to check every place name used would I suggest take the whole enjoyment out of studying family history.
I posed a question as to what marker would be used on the map for Mangotsfield, Keynsham, Somerset and gave three optional answers. Your answer was "probably yes" I do not have a clue what your answer means!!!
I'm afraid you have not convinced me. The map facility was introduced in V6 and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I have used it. From memory it was to look at the map for myself as I had travelled to all continents of the world, the second time was when I entered Banjol, Gambia in a place and found that the marker showed Banjul which is the correct spelling and when I changed my place entry to the correct spelling the marker jumped about 50 miles away!
This is not in my opinion a reliable facility and I for one will not be using it