Research - The Key To SuccessBy Thomas M. Purzycki
From page 64 of the August, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © August, 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved
After many years of detectorists hitting all the spots, it is getting harder and harder to find a location that provides a good variety of finds. Does this mean all the good locations are gone? Not at all, it just means you will have to do some research to find those out of the way spots. So where do I begin my research you might ask? Well, the answer is almost anywhere. Let's explore some of these resources.
Your Local Historical Society:
This is an excellent resource. Visit your local historical society and talk to the people there. They often have pictures and maps of days gone by and are more than eager to share this knowledge.
Talk to some of the older citizens of your area; they love to talk about the days gone by and can often give you leads to all those old swimming holes, picnic areas, church picnic grounds and a host of other useful information
Visit your local library and go through the historical section related to your local history. Browse through the old newspaper microfiche files and look in the community news section for listings of events that were held way back when; you will also often find stories of rumored treasure, buried caches, and similar material.
The Internet is probably one of your greatest resources, but the problem is there is so much information available it takes some work to narrow down your search. One of the key tools you have for research on the Internet is the various search engines available to you. Listed below are some of the search engines to start you on your way: Infoseek at http://infoseek. go.com; Hotbot at http://www.hot bot.com; Alta Vista at http://www.altavista.com; Cnet at http://search.cnet.com; Infind at http://www.infind.com/infind/infind.exe; Webcrawler at http://www.web crawler.com; DogPile at http://www.dogpile.com; Lycos at http://www.lycos.com; Mama at http://www.mama.com
Don't rely on one search engine for your searches; using a different search engine when searching the same terms will often return different entries. When searching in a search engine, you may have to narrow your search terms or search within the initial results. For example, if you do a search on infoseek for the words "metal detecting," you will get a listing of 1,000's of sites. When you get the initial listing, do a search for metal detecting within these results and it will narrow it down to a more manageable listing.
Make a listing of all the keywords you think will help you to find what you are looking for, then try them. Some keywords to try are Metal Detecting, Treasure Hunting, and Relic Hunting. Do a search on Ghost Towns; you will get a listing and information on ghost towns in almost every state. Looking for some maps? Do a search on Maps; you will be amazed at the amount of historical maps available on the Internet.
The main point is it takes quite a bit of work to search the Internet, but if you don't give up you will be rewarded with some new places to hunt.
Metal Detecting Websites:
Visit the many Metal Detecting/Treasure Hunting websites available on the Internet - each will have some unique links to other sites and information on almost any metal detector available. Use forums for your particular brand of metal detector.
Lost Treasure Online Treasure Buddies Search Tip
When doing a search on the Treasure Buddies listing at http://www.losttreasure.com, you will get the best results by doing a search by State only. Not all entrants put in their zip code or area code, so if you try and do a multiple criteria search you will often miss someone that may be close to your location.
ICQ Users Directory:
Do you use the program ICQ? If so, there is a listing of metal detector users on ICQ at http:www.tomstreasures.com/icq.shtml This listing is constantly growing and contains users from all sates as well as other countries.
Until next month, good hunting and may you find that one find that you have been looking for all these years. Don't forget to visit Lost Treasure Online as your starting point for information.
(Editor's note: the addresses of the sites mentioned here may have changed since this article was written.)