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    Default Historical Hunt - Who Is J.F.D.?

    Greetings everyone.

    There is a unique historic hunt that will be released this weekend, and itís open to all registered players. The reason this hunt is unique is because it is coming from an individual who actually needs help solving a real mystery. He has provided all his findings that he has researched in the past year, and Historical Hunt will provide the prize (yet to be determined) for this.

    He is looking for the name behind the initials J.F.D.

    All information and rules for this unique historic hunt will be posted on our site this weekend.

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    H.H. I only noticed your post today, Sunday. I don't see anything on your site. Did you mean this very weekend, and I missed it already? Or is this new J.F.D. hunt to be posted the 23rd and 24th?

    Sounds interesting. A real mystery.

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    GB --

    The way I read the message, was that the information would be posted on HH's website THIS WEEKEND (11-16 or 11-17).

    As of 8pm central time on the 17th, there's no information posted. I assume that everything did not come together properly.

    I will be keeping an eyeball on the site for any changes ......


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    Default Who is J.F.D? Can anyone solve this mystery?

    The JFD Hunt is now live.

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    Default Solved!!!

    This hunt has been solved by Darren L.

    The answer is John F. Dorsey. This name has been verified by the owner of this hunt.

    From the owner:
    "Mystery solved, and I am happily surprised at how fast your members researched this!"

    Thanks to everyone who helped research this mystery! You guys are all awesome!!!

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    Congrats Darren!!! Didn't even have time to get frustered!

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    Wow. That was fast! I've been reading and searching the internet for the last few hours and came up with dead end after dead end. Congrats to Darren!

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    Indeed, that was quick. I'd be most interested in Darren adding a comment here on the thought process he went through to arrive at the answer. I daresay, lots of the people here are heavily into Genealogy, and the steps taken to obtain the answer could be of immense use in the research processes for our own ancestors ...
    Greetings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast

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    Wow - congratulations!

    Can you tell us how this name was found and verified?

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    Default How the answer was found...

    We've had several questions on how the answer was found. Here is the sequence:

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    Darren's Answer:
    Information obtained through a combination of the 9th Massachusetts Infantry Roster, the 3rd Cavalry Roster, and the 1860 Federal Census.
    (these can be found online)


    Owner's Verification:

    Okay, with the suggestion of the name John F. Dorsey by Darren, I spent the afternoon at a research library and found John Dorsey, age 19, with the Union Army, stationed (or being held) on an island in California on June 30, 1868, and listed as a Drummer. This fits all of the criteria for "James Hayes". J.F.D. was born May 12, 1849, and would have been
    19 years old in June 1868. The island name was illegible for the most part, but I am confident it was Alcatraz, again fitting the criteria for that time period. Member Darren cross referenced the 1860 Census with the rosters of the 9th Massachusetts
    Infantry and the 3rd Cavalry. This all comes together to match the details confessed by "James Hayes" when he gave the initials J.F.D.
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    We appreciate everyone who participated in this first live hunt. It was quick and successful (though we did think it was going to last much longer).


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