Just starting my tree and I find several problems. Firstly, the birth orde will not take. My g-gfather was the 12th born yet each time I enter it it will not save.
Secondly, when he was born in the 1800s the name of where he was born was Cheshire later changed to Lancashire. Yet the system wants to make it something else. Why can I not override the system?
I have NOT seen the issue regarding Birth Order that you mention.
Regarding place-names, the "override" you are seeing, is the system trying to be helpful by suggesting modern place-names. You CAN work-around this very easily. Directly below the box to enter a place name, you should see a link that says "Edit Location Details". If you press that, several additional fields are shown. Enter the place there.
Alice, you may cancel your Pro trial here: https://www.geni.com/account_settings/premium_account_edit