SOME FREE TOOLS:
What we call
things often changes. Sometimes, the old names are virtually forgotten.
Yet in genealogy and local history, these lost and forgotten names can prove
critical in getting to the next step or understanding an historical place or
time or other reference.
We can offer some help here. Mainly for our
own use, we've developed some lists of old names of things -- and, in some
cases, their modern-day counterparts. We've also collected some other
material that we're happy to offer for the
use of others.
People ask why we don't sell these items as we do our
other downloads -- for a modest price. Well, we
just don't. (However, the list of organizations known by
their initials is becoming popular enough that we may soon have to start
charging for its use -- but for the time being it's still free.)
to see our
list of organizations
known by their initials,
mostly (but not entirely) old ones. 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 occasionally
updated PDF file is for
you. It's particularly useful if you're trying to figure out what some
organizational initials stood for, way back when. (Latest revision is
version 2.8, June 7, 2013)
to see a list we developed specifically for people
researching in Sullivan County, NY. It's old
place names in Sullivan County, NY that have changed -- and their current name, if any.
Plus, a free download of the Sullivan County chapter of French's 1860
Gazetteer of the State of
New York. (Several other counties are also available -- see our
New York page.)
to see a list we developed for people researching in Litchfield County, CT.
It's old place names in
Litchfield County, CT that have changed -- and their current name, if any.
SOME FREE ARTICLES AND SOURCE MATERIAL:
to see pictures of several items of Americana from
to download the Sullivan County chapter of
French's Gazetteer of
the State of New York (1860).
to see scans of a family Bible that once belonged to one
William Bonell (a/k/a Bonnell or Bunnell), who was a miller
in Liberty, Sullivan County, NY, in the early 19th century and is presumed to
have come from the Goshen/Northfield/Torrington/Norfolk area of Litchfield
County, CT. (This page is temporarily unavailable while we do further research
on this interesting family).
to see some articles from the
Connecticut Quarterly -- a magazine of history, geography and
culture that was published around the turn of the 20th Century.
Specifically, we've got articles about the following: (We also offer several
additional articles from the same source -- see our
Other Free Downloads:
--Indiana and Her
People, from The Hoosiers (1900)
of Early Settlers of Trenton and Ewing (1883), errata and index
Many others are listed in our catalog marked "free"
to go to our search page. There,
you can search the many indexes and summaries on this website.
We periodically add additional free research materials.