Important Note! If you are looking for specific information,
such as telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, genealogical
information, or mailing addresses, then please visit our Locating
Specific Info. Page before you send e-mail.
Overview: PlacesNamed.com is a unique, hypertext collection of
geographic and other reference information. It is mostly based upon publicly-available
United States Government databases. Right now, it includes information about nations, ISO
country codes, international telephone access codes, North American telephone area codes,
North American states and provinces, United States cities and counties, five-digit US
Postal Service Zip Codes, and American proper names. What we have done is to combine the information from these various sources into one big
database of related information that makes it easy to browse and learn. Each
page contains the "facts" about a specific name, such as San Jose or
Washington. All together, there are 347,000 facts about 204,000 place names and
Sources: All facts are linked indirectly to the primary source
of the information. In most cases you can follow this link to get additional information
about the topic. We rely upon the public domain information provided by several excellent
government agencies, private organizations, and companies. Our current policy is not to pay for
the information we use. Our policy is not to violate others' copyrights. The information in
the PlacesNamed encyclopedia may have originated from public domain sources, but our
documents are copyrighted.
Background: Before PlacesNamed.com, our encyclopedia was
known as Entisoft Extra. It started as a personal project. I would
frequently want to know more about a specific place. I'd see a news story that
mentioned Cook County, or
talked about Nebraska, or I'd see an advertisement with a
telephone area code, and I would want to know more about it. I found several excellent
public domain databases while exploring the Internet. PlacesNamed is a
hypertext collection of the information from these public domain databases.
Technical Overview: PlacesNamed.com consists of three important sets of programs. The first is a series of custom import
programs that load the data files into Microsoft Access database tables. The second set
uses those tables to generate the sentences that appear on the PlacesNamed.com pages. The
last set generates the HTML pages themselves, linking together the related topics. All of
these programs are written in Microsoft Access VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). We do
not have the computer resources to deploy an interactive version of this application; that
is the major reason that we used static pages. We also wanted our
search engine to index these pages, in order to provide even more search options.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to all who wrote to point out our problems,
to compliment us, and to complain. We appreciate all of your feedback, suggestions,
questions, and comments! You can contact us by writing to Info@PlacesNamed.com.
March 13, 2000