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« on: January 11, 2011, 08:03:21 pm »
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hi I was just wondering what techniques yall used while researching like where do you get your information

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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011, 08:08:38 pm »
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gOOgle is your friend.   Great

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ye s google always is but i was wondering what would you search for kinda new to the research thing


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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 08:15:21 pm »
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Library archives, newspaper archives, city, county, state records . Old books,diary's word of mouth. Every project is different hard to say where you may end up.

The internet is a start only with at best basic information

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2011, 09:22:41 pm »
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I'm with seldom.......The internet is great for starting the search---then you want to move into real records so you can verify what you've read on the 'net.   Make old newspapers and magazines (as well as books by old timers) your friends...the more time you spend in them the more leads you're going to find (and the more bad leads/false stories you'll eliminate before you get to the field).   If you're looking for vanished towns, you want to compare old maps to new maps (and don't just compare the oldest to the newest, look at the one's in the middle for places that came and went the time between the two extremes).   And if you can find a place that has Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, frequent that place often.  Those maps were very detailed and would tell you the type of business, the type of building construction, etc for entire blocks.    Knowing what was supposed to be on a lot at different times can a) help you make sense of what you digging up  and b) verify that you're in the right place if you looking for say the blacksmith's shop, the saloon, or the "boarding" house.

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I love old maps but my favorite tool for finding leads are old diary's . I am working on a lead from a 1870's diary keep by a 14 year old girl whose family shipwrecked on St. Joesph island which is across the bay from Rockport TX. 

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my favorite tool for finding leads are old diary's .

I agree, but unless it's a published diary, those can be a little hard to come by...which is why I like the local histories written by the old timers, at least as a starting point.  For instance, I just last week I picked up a copy of Pioneer Stories of the Verde Valley of Arizona as Told By Themselves and Compiled by the Book Committee.  It was published in December 1933 (and the youngest member of the committee looks to be in her late 50's  Smiley )   Not as good as a bunch of diaries, but a far-sight better than reading newer books on the area.  And if/when I find some interesting leads while reading it, I'll start looking for any other information souces I can find (including checking to see if I can turn up one of those diaries).

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Unpublished diaries are hard to come by and then most times the seller wants way more then they are worth.

Compiled by the Book Committee.Huh?Huh? Was that part of the federal writers program that the government run during the depression?

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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2011, 10:38:06 pm »
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ye s google always is but i was wondering what would you search for kinda new to the research thing


In your google search engine type in: (your State ) ghost towns or (your State ) lost treasure or treasure stories or buried treasure. or (your State ) gold mines or silver mines or (your State ) WWII camps or CW camps etc. or what ever it is u want to look for.

start from there once u find the info, then like Seldom and BA said go follow it up.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting.

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Compiled by the Book Committee. Was that part of the federal writers program that the government run during the depression?


It doesn't appear to be....most of the books that I seen that were published as part of that program indicate they were published as part of the WPA or something similar.  This appears to be funded entirely by local citizens and businesses, including some pretty big names (both back then and now).   The more I leaf through this book the more I appreciate it (and the more I'm glad no one else recognized it's value---especially since I have yet to see a copy  or reprint in Phoenix area libraries).

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