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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2009, 01:31:10 am »
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Nice finds for first day!

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« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2009, 04:37:21 am »
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Well that was a great start. Just remember to give yourself some time learning the new machine. I always think you need at least 50 hours to understand the bells and whistles of a detector that is new to you.

I have had my Whites and Tesoro's for a couple of years and each time I head out I learn somethings new.

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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2009, 01:00:18 pm »
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Research, research, research.....I hear this a lot.  Question is, where is a good place to start research for a (soon to be) newbie?

Computer, of course...but any suggested sites?

Library.....any particular suggestions here?

Historical Society......what would I even ask for here besides historical topo maps?

County/State Highway Depts...... for current topo maps?

How to find an owner of farmlands where there is no visible home around....for asking permission....when no crop is planted, of course.

Every one wants to find coins and gold, of course so do I! 

But, living in the Southeast "Dixie", I believe I will also have the opportunity of finding some Civil War relics.  Are there any suggestions for researching possible spots and most importantly, buyers interested in buying such relics, other than Ebay or Craigs List.  (These are of course the most obvious)

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Research, research, research.....I hear this a lot.  Question is, where is a good place to start research for a (soon to be) newbie?


Anywhere the information can be found. Think of it as an opportunity that you might miss if you do not think like a treasure hunter. You never know what a source looks like until that light bulb comes on over your head. It could be an innocent remark by your grandmother or a funny looking mark in a personal diary.

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The Library of Congress is an absolute treasure trove of treasure information. Try here for starters:

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Library.....any particular suggestions here?


The history of your local area is the best place to start. The library not only has good information for starting a search but also for confirming things.

Example. You want to determine the expansion history of your local township. Why is this important? Well, hunting for coins in a park that is 100 years old is much better than hunting in one that is 20 years old. Finding the origins and starting dates for suburbs is a good way to get started. The library will have local history information and when you see a map of the township that has missing suburbs that you know are there today, you can then use further tools to help determine when they were added. As source as seemingly insignificant as the Yellow Pages from the 1950s can point to businesses that were in existence that would indicate occupation of the suburb by a certain date as a minimum.

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Historical Society......what would I even ask for here besides historical topo maps?


Early accounts of fairs, carnivals, traveling circuses, parades, bandstands, picnic grounds, swimming areas along with photos are always in their records. You will NEVER regret joining your local society.

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County/State Highway Depts...... for current topo maps?


Road maps and right of way maps with detailed surveying information are available only from these sources. Railroad maps, too.

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How to find an owner of farmlands where there is no visible home around....for asking permission....when no crop is planted, of course.


Start with the county or city tax assessor offices. The owners have to pay taxes on the land so use Google maps to locate the land in question and visit the assessor offices with that in hand to find the owner. Permission is another topic way too long to adress here.

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Every one wants to find coins and gold, of course so do I! 

But, living in the Southeast "Dixie", I believe I will also have the opportunity of finding some Civil War relics.  Are there any suggestions for researching possible spots and most importantly, buyers interested in buying such relics, other than Ebay or Craigs List.  (These are of course the most obvious)


Aside from that described above, try church camps, Boy Scout & Girls Scout camps, old church grounds (stay away from cemeteries), recreational swimming areas of the past, old prisons, old hospital grounds, old military bases, plantation and farm sites and your own family residences.

Start small, think big. Good luck.

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