ROOTS-L Resources: Miscellaneous Internet Resources
Not necessarily related to genealogy, but useful as you wander
about the Internet, we list here informational files about gopher,
the SimTel archives, compression software, FTP, and other tools
and techniques and resources you'll want to know about.
Getting Around the Internet
What is the Internet, by Paul Jones. Written back when the information
highway (the phrase is actually used) consisted mainly of electronic
mail, FTP, and telnet, and when the population of the Internet
was comparable to that of a small city....
FAQ about using gopher. This one is dated July 1993. A newer one may be
found, er, I'm not sure where's there's a newer one. Are questions
about gophers "frequent" any more, anyhow?
We also have
genealog.gophers, which explains
what "gopher" is and how can it be used, plus a long list of
sites with gophers.
A pre-WWW guide of how to get around on the Internet and where to go.
Dated November 1993. The Internet is way too big nowadays to fit
in a single file.
Special Internet Connections -- a list organized by category (such as
Agriculture, Astronomy, Aviation, etc.) of connections (mail, ftp,
telnet and so on) on the Internet. See also the
(complete with links!).
The Inter-Network Mail Guide, from June of 1993. Directions on how to send
electronic mail from one network (such as Applink or BITNET) to another (such
as the Internet or GEnie) and vice versa. BITNET? GEnie? Are our
files getting a bit dusty and out-of-date?
Getting Onto the Internet in the First Place
Cost comparisons from December 1993 of different ways to
get access to the Internet.
The Public Dialup Internet Access List (pdial). This one is from 1 Dec 1993.
For something more recent (but I'm unsure how complete), you might try the
which is organized by nation and area code.
(I was unable to find a newer pdial out there anywhere. Anyone?)
Dated November 1993, a list of various commercial and private
providers offering access to the Internet from the UK. On the Web,
there is a long list of providers compliments of
Similar lists can be found for
Information about FTP or File Transfer Protocol and Related Tools
A report about archive utilities (compression software) such as ARC,
Someday, you'll impress your grandchildren by telling them you
used computers when the monitors were amber on black, or that
you once had to keypunch your data, or even that you used to
get binary files via e-mail, uudecode them, and use kermit
to download them. Or maybe you need to do that now? (Get binary
files by e-mail, I mean.) Here are some tips on how to do just that.
The Famous SIMTEL20 Archives
If you want to use those FTP skills you just perfected, the famous
SIMTEL20 archive is a good place to go. Be aware that although they're
still called SimTel, they're not at SimTel anymore.
One good mirror site is
Some not very transparent information about (I think!) Simtel mirrors.
Very dated overview about accessing the SIMTEL archives. (The files
have since moved to another site.)
A discussion of how to get files from the SIMTEL20 archives,
and how to upload files there. Note that now that the archives
have moved, this information is probably not directly
Another look at the simtel20 archives, with a focus on DOS files.