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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2011, 08:56:40 pm »
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OLD Folks!

I work part time at a Tree Farm just out of town.

Rubin the owner is 84 years old.

I've lived here over 20 years and if I ask him about a certain spot , area or location,  He always can go on about 20 minutes about the place.  LOL!

Born in 1926,  he knows nothing about Camp Cody but he can tell me about almost everything 5 or 7 years after that.

It's Amazing some of the stuff He Remembers.

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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2011, 05:05:53 am »
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Use Google to look up the term Oral History and you will find a wealth of people all talking about their lives and the times in which they were alive.

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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 09:17:00 am »
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Use Google to look up the term Oral History and you will find a wealth of people all talking about their lives and the times in which they were alive.


Thanks GD , thats one I hadn't even thought of.

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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011, 11:03:20 am »
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Last night I was looking for Ghost Towns to explore and ran across this forum. Somebody posted a rumour of hidden money on some property in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. One or two Google searches put me on the Tuscaloosa County Records website, with actual photos of the records from the time period. Seems like someone with a little time on their hands could figure out where old Wiley McGee lived at the time, and possibly get permission to hunt on the actual property in question.

If everyone is putting these records online, we'll be able to do a lot more from the comfort of our living rooms!

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Use Google to look up the term Oral History and you will find a wealth of people all talking about their lives and the times in which they were alive.


That's actually what started me looking at Ghost Towns last night, and led me to this forum! The oral history is far more exciting and compelling than the history books. I rather hear from the lady that lived down the road, or ate dinner there on Sunday's. Old newspapers provide names, dates, and locations for research too.

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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2011, 10:32:58 am »
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if you can find historic aerial pictures or maps  they can help you date a structure  or see were things once were . older folks have the best info on locations  then i like to narrow from there if its possible  after that scout it out look for foundations and such  depending what you lookin for .online is a good resource but libraries have a ton of more local info that has not or may not ever get online or you may have to spend some $ to look at them online keep in mind you may discover its not what you wanted to see . but i love the old stories and history research is a labor of love for me if there are finds it makes it even sweeter and gives it even more value above what a find is worth  to me anyway . some of the forrestry folks keep good old pictures  history  and locations just make sure its legal to search in those places its not allowed were i live  but it will give some perspective that may help you search .wish everyone luck with there reseach and hope you all can find more then what you are after .

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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2011, 10:57:45 am »
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Hi Pate, my favorite for local searches is a 1952 topographical map that has all the ruins and old mining sites for my town and surrounding area. Same one we used in the military. They are pretty accurate and you can find a lot of areas you would not normally come by.

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Good stuff.  Great question Pate.  Thanks for posting it.

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