How are location fields parsed?

Whenever you enter locations on Geni, we use Google’s Geocoding API to give you suggestions. Because every country around the world has a different naming convention for locations, we’ve done our best to map the data Google gives us to these 5 location types: Place Name, City, County, State, and Country.

We’ve mapped “Establishment” returned from the Geocoding API to “Place Name”.

We’ve mapped “Locality” returned from the Geocoding API to “City”. Google defines this level as an incorporated city or town political entity.

We’ve mapped “Administrative Level 2” returned from the Geocoding API to “County”. Google defines this level as a second-order civil entity below the country level. Within the United States, these administrative levels are counties. Not all nations exhibit these administrative levels.

We’ve mapped “Administrative Level 1” returned from the Geocoding API to “State”. Google defines this level as a first-order civil entity below the country level. Within the United States, these administrative levels are states. Not all nations exhibit these administrative levels.

We’ve mapped “Country” returned from the Geocoding API to “Country”. According to Google, this type indicates the national political entity, and is typically the highest order type returned by the Geocoding API.

For more information on how Google’s Geocoding API works, please visit the official documentation.

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