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Abbreviations for Organizations

                A free tool for historians and genealogists       
Fair warning ... over the last few months we've been working hard and a greatly expanded directory of acronyms, initializations, and abbreviations for organizations of all kinds.  The finished product -- and it is nearly finished -- is over 180 pages long and is the most comprehensive source around (and we've definitely been looking!). 

Our plan is to bring this out as a paperback, with an eBook version to follow immediately, and our current timeframe accomplishes both before the holidays. 

Unfortunately, neither of these will be free (although we plan to make the eBook very affordable).  Considering the time we have put into this project, we simply cannot give these away, however.

We'll leave the present free download available here until we are about ready to go to print with the new book, so if you want to download it, now is the time to do so.

And we hope you'll consider how useful a considerably more complete directory might be for you in the future!!  

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!

Organizations known by their initials to view the PDF file of our list of 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 list of 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. 

View our catalog to view our catalog, and  Search this website 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 research tools is free regardless.). 

And Free materials on this website to go to our page of free research material.









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