Abbreviations for Organizations
free tool for
historians and genealogists
|A few years ago,
we were stumped by a string of letters in an obituary.
We felt that if we knew what they meant, we might be able to better
understand what this fellow's interests were, and who his associates
might be, and this get clues to where he might have come from.
If you've done much genealogy at all, you've no doubt faced similar
situations, where you were desparate for clues of any know.
After trying several approaches to finding out what they meant,
including a search on Google, we
discovered that they were an abbreviation for the name of an
organization -- a lodge, in this case (but it could have been a
labor union, a company, a political group, a fraternity, a military
organization, a church order or organization, or a host of others). We
wrote that one down for future reference. Not too long after
that we discovered another abbreviation we had not previously
encountered, and we wrote it down too, and then we wrote down
another, and another, and before we knew it, we had the makings of
a list of organizations that were (or are) known by their initials
or an acronym.
It occurred to us that other people
pretty clearly might have the same problem we did. So, we decided to put our
little list online. We were right.
People do need to go beyond Wikipedia and Google occasionally to do this kind of lookup. And the
list isn't little anymore! In fact it is far from little!
to view the PDF file of our
organizations, old ones and ones that are still in existence
today, that are or were known and referred to principally (or
frequently) by their initials or an acronym.
If you haven't a clue what
E.O.M.A. was, or whether you would be more apt to join the I.O.D.
(or, perhaps, eat it for dinner), this frequently updated PDF file
is for you.
Simply click on
organizations to see it! It's a free tool for historians
and genealogists from Between the Lakes Group. (The current version
is 2.985, updated 5/12/2015)
Needless to say, we also hope that you will consider
purchasing our history and genealogy CD-ROMS and downloads. Your purchases
of the historical resources we sell make it possible for us to keep this particular resource free
and to continually add to it.
to view our catalog, and
to visit our search page (where you can do a
free lookup in the many indexes and summaries that we make available of the
material we publish) -- but your use of these
is free regardless.).
to go to our page of free research material.
Update: while we've always kept this list
free for your use, the time is coming when self-publishing is probably going to
There are excellent reasons, including
the possibility of providing the availability of this list in bound paperback
form for easier reference as well as an e-book. So, change is happening.
Quite soon this will cease to be a freebie, so a word to the wise might be to
download a copy now. And, of course, when "the book" comes out, we hope
that you'll see sufficient value added that you will choose to purchase a copy!