provides most of the answers you'll get for modern populated places from the GNIS website,
lives on your own pc,
can work with partial names and "sounds like",
will tell you all towns within x miles of a given town, regardless of their state or county and
Goldbug site. The home of AniMap software. If you are one of those who just absolutely has to know what county Eclectic AL was in prior to 1866. Shows all county line locations for the 48 states from the beginning until today. Related software shows locations of many places that no longer exist. The actual software is not on-line or downloadable (except for a demo). A number of examples of this software may be found right on this website in
Historical county lines.
Scott Lee's calendar converter. This on-screen calculator will make "old-style" / "new-style" conversions, as well as a number of other date/calendar conversions.
John Fuller's Mailing Lists. The best single listing I have seen of all available genealogical mailing lists on the Internet. Links are provided internally to the other parts of the larger resource of which it is a part.
GIM home page. The Genealogical Information Manager is, at first blush, a DOS-based genealogy database manager, not a remarkable thing to be. Among its interesting capabilities is that it can import a gedcom from FOW (a program with a very complex structure) and it can export a gedcom that will import all facts, notes and sources from FOW into BK (a program with a much simpler structure). I am unaware of any other program which can handle the data transfer described.
Steve Martonak's GEDUTL. Near the bottom of Steve's home page, you'll find a download named GEDUTL02.ZIP (that is a zero-2). This is an msdos utility that works similarly to GEDCLEAN, except a whole lot easier. It will remove everything except names from a gedcom for persons born beginning with a specified year. This is what I used in making the modified register reports used on this webpage. My first step is to make a gedcom as simple as possible (containing ONLY names, locations and dates for b., m., d., buried. -I have shared this with others renamed (suitably, I think!) SM_CLEAN.
UltraEDIT. This is the home of the shareware editor I use for editing my webpage and for other uses.
It recognizes and highlights HTML code but does not create it, making it suitable for the spartan style I have adopted.
It can display two files at once (handy for frequent "copy and paste")
It can be configured to invoke your browser to check your work.
It is a powerful programmer's text editor useful for many other purposes.
Has a simple file structure making it powerful with large amounts of data.
It's gedcoms will import into almost anything.
It produces one of the best and most complete modified register reports you'll find anywhere, and requiring 30% to 50% less pages than other popular programs. The reports on this page are necessarily crude, but the printed reports are works of art.
GNIS (Geographical Names Information System). The indispensable "where-is-it" link.
Easy Index to genealogy by states.
The quickest way I have found to get directly to state listings (USGenWeb and some others). Michael's page is designed to load very fast, and his list of links is very short so as not to slow it down!