I would like to introduce you; dear reader, to some online friends, links and resources that I find to be helpful and very interesting, all of which have proven to be helpful. This is by no means a complete list of the resources that I have utilized, but if you love research and history, they may very well be of great use to you. Enjoy your journey!
Just as with my book and interviews tabs, I hope to add more to this list as time progresses, so without further ado, I present to you a list of friends and resources:
Jesse James In Texas – The Outlaw Jesse James – American Outlaw
“The truth about America’s Robinhood”
Ancient History Encyclopedia
“We are a non-profit company publishing the world’s most-read history encyclopedia. Our mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide.”
“Author. Editor. Researcher…& ‘Zebra’ “
The Square Magazine
“The premier masonic knowledge destination for all Freemasons from around the world.”
“Published independently of all Grand Lodges, The Square Magazine brings you in-depth and thought provoking articles on all aspects of Freemasonry written by the leading Masonic writers in the world.”
-KB – Nationale Bibliotheek aka Royal Library
“The KB is the national library of the Netherlands: we bring people and information together.”
Austrian Literature Online
“ALO is a digital library with more than 15.000 documents from the 11. Century up to the present. Books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, theses and scientific essays are available in digitized form or as PDF.
alo originates from an initiative of the University Innsbruck Library, the University Library Graz and the Institut “Integrated studies” of the University of Linz.
The editorial and technical responsibility lies with the Digitisation and Digital Preservation Group (DEA) in co-operation with the Central Computing Service (ZID) of the University of Innsbruck.”
“Keeping Free Genealogy on the Internet”
“The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together and having fun providing free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county. Our national site provides links to state sites, which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. We also sponsor important Special Projects, gathering useful data you can access for free. I’m proud of the variation you’ll see in site style and content across our many web sites. It shows the wonderful diversity of our volunteers!”
“Search the History of over 411 billion web pages on the internet.”
Folger Shakespeare Library
“Advancing Knowledge & The Arts”
Official King James Bible online
“The King James Version is a translation named after King James I of England who commissioned the new English Bible translation in 1604 A.D. King James ‘authorized’ the new translation to be read in churches in England and beyond after it was first published in 1611 A.D. Later known as the ‘Authorized Version’ in 1814, the King James Version became a standard among English-speaking Christians.”
Languedoc Topics – Mysteries of the Languedoc Sacred Geometry
The Portal to Texas History
“A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.”
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum – Waco, Texas
“The Official Historical Center of the Texas Rangers
by Appointment of the State of Texas”
Chronicling America – Historic American Newspapers
“Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress”
“Genealogy.com is a source for family history buffs to find genealogical research originally posted in GenForum and our most popular genealogy articles. Start a search or browse below to start digging into your family’s past!”
Internet Sacred Text Archive
“…The largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.”
“This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language.
This site has no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship. Views expressed at this site are solely those of specific authors, and are not endorsed by sacred-texts. Sacred-texts is not sponsored by any religious group or organzation.”
“At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.
The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.
We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.
By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings.”
The Royal Family
“This is the official web site of the British Royal Family. Written and managed by the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, the site aims to provide an authoritative resource of information about the Monarchy and Royal Family, past and present.”
Wikipedia.org – The Free Encyclopedia
“The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”
Texas Escapes Online Magazine
“For people who like this sort of thing – This is the sort of thing they like.”
The Francis Bacon Research Trust – Gateways to Wisdom
“Welcome to this website about the life and work – open and secret – of Sir Francis Bacon and those connected with him.”
“Revealing Torah’s Inner Dimension”
Jewish Encyclopedia online
“The unedited full-text of the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia”
The Ancient Wisdom Foundation
“Navigate your way around the prehistoric world with the ancient-wisdom database of ancient and sacred sites.”
“Books~~Illustrations~~Science~~History~~Visual Materia Obscura~~Eclectic Bookart.”
“Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
No fee or registration! Everything from Project Gutenberg is gratis, libre, and completely without cost to readers. If you find Project Gutenberg useful, please consider a small donation, to help Project Gutenberg digitize more books, maintain our online presence, and improve Project Gutenberg programs and offerings. Other ways to help include digitizing, proofreading and formatting, recording audio books, or reporting errors.”
Almanach De Saxe Gotha
“Societe des Amis de l’ Almanach de Saxe Gotha – 2020
Welcome – Willkommen – Bienvenue – Benvenuti – Salvete to the Official Website of the Almanach de Saxe Gotha the Online Royal Genealogical Reference Handbook Der Saxe Gotha Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels”
“The Internet’s Most Comprehensive Source of U.S. Political Biography
(or, The Web Site that Tells Where the Dead Politicians are Buried)”
“British Royal Family History”
United States Census Bureau
“Curlie is the largest human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a passionate, global community of volunteer editors.”
“Nearly a gigabyte currently online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 2700 separate topics and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 3000 images, over 300 complete alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy. This is essentially a reference library on the topic of alchemy.”
Find A Grave
“Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one’s memorial. Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.”
Missouri Digital Heritage
“The Missouri State Archives database index project began in 2000, with the goal of creating a finding aid for the Missouri portion of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Record Group 109.14.4 Miscellaneous Records). In addition, through the cooperation of the Julius K. Hunter & Friends African American Research Collection at the St. Louis County Library, the Archives is happy to provide access to the African American recruitment lists from Missouri for the years 1863-1865, part of the NARA Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917 (Record Group 94). These records were generated by the provost marshal before being forwarded to the Colored Troops Division of the Adjutant General’s Office in Washington. This represents a virtually untapped manuscript collection detailing the national experience in the trans-Mississippi West. Completed in 2010, the database contains over 72,000 entries relating to Missouri, some 18,000 these relate to St. Louis.”
Cornell University Library
“Making of America (MOA) represented a major collaborative endeavor to preserve and make accessible through digital technology a significant body of primary sources related to development of the U.S. infrastructure. Funded originally by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MOA sought to involve research institutions and national consortia to develop common protocols and consensus for the selection, conversion, storage, retrieval, and use of digitized materials on a large, distributed scale.”
Ohio State University – Dept of History – eHistory
“The Department of History at The Ohio State University is proud to be the home of eHistory. This site has been designed to reflect the academic nature of the university with an emphasis on research, teaching and outreach.”
The New York Times
Search the archives of ‘The New York Times’ from 1851 to our present day.
Library of Congress
“The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors. Whether you are new to the Library of Congress or an experienced researcher, we have a world-class staff ready to assist you online and in person.”
“JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.
We help you explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform. We collaborate with the academic community to help libraries connect students and faculty to vital content while lowering costs and increasing shelf space, provide independent researchers with free and low-cost access to scholarship, and help publishers reach new audiences and preserve their content for future generations.”
TSHA – Texas Historical Association
“Welcome to The Texas State Historical Association and TSHA Online, a digital gateway to Texas history. Here you will experience a vast storehouse documenting the rich and complex history of the state through innovative online features and content.”
“Project MUSE is a trusted provider of authoritative humanities and social science books and journals from more than 200 of the world’s most distinguished university presses and scholarly societies.”
The Online Books Page
“The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.
David Rumsey Map Collection
“The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 30 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children’s, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1550 to the present.”
Dictionary of Canadian Biography
“The Dictionary of Canadian biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada was made possible by an imaginative and public-spirited bequest of James Nicholson, a Toronto businessman, who, at his death in 1952, left the residue and bulk of his estate to the University of Toronto for the purpose of creating a biographical reference work for Canada of truly national importance.”
Colonial Williamsburg – That the Future may Learn from the Past
“In Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre Historic Area stand hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city—black, white, and native American, slave, indentured, and free—and the challenges they faced. In this historic place, we help the future learn from the past.”
Pietre Stones – Review of Freemasonry
“Review of Freemasonry is the oldest, most popular, and famous Freemasons’ online magazine written by Master Masons of a Grand Lodge of Ancient, Accepted Freemasons.”
The Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library
“This website was developed to deliver further Light in Freemasonry. While the origin dates of Freemasonry in Europe are unclear, for more than two hundred years Freemasonry has been documented as an integral and vital part of the American society, culture and history. Our site is important to Phoenixmasons (e-Masons) and the general public, because it is a well-kept repository of our treasured Masonic heritage and humble origins. Our Mission Statement fills many roles. One goal, in the global world of the Internet, is to exhibit Masonic documents, lectures, and objects in a rich historical context that both educates and stimulates the traveler to continue and learn. We hope to bring the past back to life; and incite a passion for learning. We truly appreciate your visit and welcome you to download any portion of this site for your personal use as Masonic Research and Education material.”
“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.”
“This is the online public library of the Hermetic Academy. The Hermetic Academy is an authorized and authentic school of mysteries within the Western mystery tradition.
This library provides an opportunity for those interested to gain a comprehensive picture of the many different spiritual and intellectual movements, religions and philosophies. We provide access to these texts without assessing the truth or accuracy of their contents.”
“Springer Nature advances discovery by publishing robust and insightful research,supporting the development of new areas of knowledge, making ideas and information accessible around the world, and leading the way on open access.”
“Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company’s mission is to accelerate the world’s research.
Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. Over 114 million academics have signed up to Academia.edu, adding 24 million papers. Academia.edu attracts over 73 million unique visitors a month.”
“Metapedia is an electronic encyclopedia which focuses on culture, art, science, philosophy and politics.”
The John Dee Society
“The John Dee Society has been formed to accomplish several general and specific goals.
Our primary purpose is to produce a standard edition of the published and unpublished works of Elizabethan England’s great polymath, antiquarian and magus Dr. John Dee, to make available to students of Renaissance philosophy and of Dee’s Enochian magical system a coherent data base of primary source material for their researches.
Secondly, we seek to reconstruct John Dee’s Library, based on his Catalogue of manuscripts and books of 1583, prior to its dispersal throughout Europe. To this end, we have begun assembling a microfilm archive of Dee’s manuscripts and books from the libraries where they now reside, and are in the process of transcribing this material for eventual publication. This is a long-term project which will require the assistance of other archivists, libraries, antiquarians and translators.”