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 own 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 our collection.
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 Connecticut page.)
Other Free Downloads:
Indiana and Her People, from The Hoosiers (1900)
Genealogy 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.
We hope this material is helpful to you!
(Needless to say, we also hope that you will consider purchasing our history and genealogy CD-ROMS and our downloads --
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 research tools is free regardless.)
Best source we've found for free genealogy
Nope, not on our site! But if you're doing local history, at some point you are definitely going to need to chart out a family or two. Mid-Continent Public Library is worth a visit for their free genealogy forms.