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Monday, January 16th 2017, 3:05pm

The GOV database

You can download public-domain data about United States of America locations at

https://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/

and these data could be useful for your GOV database.

The competing credit card companies have worked out a way to avoid trouble:

America Express always starts with 3
Visa always starts with 4
MasterCard always starts with 5
Discover always starts with 6

The GEDCOM 5.5EL standard could allow for public-domain databases usable by any genealogy software:

0 @P_GOV_1234567@ _LOC

...says that the @P@ tag is from the GOV database. Maybe FamilySearch might introduce a dataset

0 @P_FS_1234567@ _LOC

and my own GEDCOMINDEX.COM which uses my own place codes ("GEDCOM Index Place Codes")

0 @P_GIPC_DEBY2249@ _LOC

...see my page at http://gedcomindex.com/Pages/DE/DEBY2249.html

Tom Alciere
Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.A.