I’d like to make a case for a few Event labels that are not in the current options that auto-populate when you create an event. I don’t know if you are limiting the available Event types to existing GEDCOM tags? If so, I understand, so never mind. I’m aware that Rootsfinder allows me to type in a custom event label, but I always worry that these will cause problems if/when I have to export my database. So, pending those and other considerations I may not be aware of, here are a few event types I wish I didn’t have to type in:
- Court. Probate is a specific kind of court proceeding, but I very often need to record events where people were involved in civil (or, now and then, criminal) proceedings which had nothing to do with wills or estates. For many places and eras, court records are a big proportion of the available sources.
- Land. I’m aware that PROP (property) is a GEDCOM tag and land doesn’t have one, but… I think it should. Property is ambiguous, because it could mean anything of value. Land records are a crucial, very commonly used genealogical resource. One could argue that “real estate” would be a better term (if you buy an apartment you’re not really buying land per se), but the biggest genealogy sites, journals & etc. all use the term “land records.”
Those are the two main ones that come to my mind. If I think of another I’ll add it, and perhaps others have additional suggestions.