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    Well said PL! We need more people to participate. I don't know how many are playing, but even if the top 15 all finish with the Cemeteries round, we will still be short to the threshold of 1400.


    Also, if anyone was interested in providing a donation or sponsorship to HH, it would help to defray their cost as well as sweetening the pot of award prizes!


    I have found HH to be very approachable and responsive when it comes to improving their site or to provide feedback on the hunt or answer consideration. Unlike other past hunts (non-HH) where you bought a book or subscription, solved a couple of puzzles then ran headlong into an unclimbable brick wall along with everyone else, then the hunt loses interest and dies, while the author takes the entry fees and runs, HH has now established a great track record of creating and promoting a series of well thought out Hunts, both Land Hunts (wish we could do one here in NW Ohio) as well as the internet hunts. To make it even better, these hunts are all FREE to enter and compete, and HH promptly awards the prizes after vetting the results of the Hunt.


    Well done HH. Lets keep this going!




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    If you haven't tried Historical Hunt's online hunt, you can still easily catch up to the frontrunners! HH has designed the hunt this year so that the pack cannot move forward unless or until stragglers and newcomers help to reach a collective threshold. There is a "Simple Explorations" category that is all pretty easy and seems designed to introduce you to various types of questions, formatting of answers (explained in links on the HH website) and sites that will come in handy when you seek answers online. (Hint: I have recommended the Smithsonian's historical newspaper collection, Chronicling America, in past years.) Then you can try your luck and skill in the Cemetery category. There are a few relatively easy questions but a number of tough ones to force you to discover new websites and new ways of googling.

    Feel free to ask questions here if you want to know more about how the Internet hunt works, or about past hunts. People probably won't share information here that leads to specific answers, but there is a nice collective spirit that welcomes newcomers to the hunts.

    We need just 232 more questions (out of 1400) answered to "unlock" the next round of questions in the "Themed Hunts" category. Can you help?

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    Puma Lion and stvwz - I agree with everything you've said. I went on a number of his land hunts last year, which were great fun, but I love the internet hunts and all the history I run into while I'm searching. A gravestone to a man's wife's amputated arm!? Just one tidbit I came across while hunting for an answer. Sometimes it gets frustrating and just when you think you've googled every possible combination of words and searched ever possible website, all of a sudden the answer is there in front of you. I also like it because you don't have to be within driving distance of a hidden "milling." You can live anywhere and still participate any time of day from the comfort of your own home

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    I also echo everything said! HH is a great puzzle and I have learned and discovered so many different things! I humbly applaud all of you wonderful researchers who are finding these answers so fast! I have had many simple mishaps during this hunt, like I have tried putting in an answer with the wrong spelling of the name, I have used the person's First, Middle/Middle initial, and Last name, when only the First and Last was needed, even though it asked for the "Full Name". Also, I have put the word Cemetery after a cemetery's name, only to FINALLY realize that, in that instance, it wasn't needed lol. But, it has been very fun, exciting, enlightening, and very frustrating thus far, but I am still enjoying it

    Since as you all know that in order to move on, others need to complete the questions, I am asking for only a HINT, for example, which resource was used to get the answer to the Cayuga Patriot question? I have tried FH and even though the paper is on that site, the only pages that I have found, do NOT mention Soule Cemetery. If it is possible to find the correct answer on that site, could someone at least let me know? I have gone through hundreds of pages with no results. If you would like to offer me a bit of a nudge, you can PM me, I have freed up a few messages lol Also, has anyone had to either pay, or have a free trial of a website or service, such as Ancestry in order to find an answer?

    I also would like to mention, that there are some very fine folks here, and very helpful and all around good people IMO! Also, if someone needs a nudge and I can help, I certainly will, even though this is a competition, I believe it is very rewarding and gives a great feeling to help others, especially knowing first hand, what those players are and/or have been going though while trying to find the answers. And since someone can only win one prize anyway, a little help doesn't hurt!

    Thank you again HH for an exciting, challenging hunt!

    BTW: I was very surprised when I was able to find the answer to a 60 point question in about 10 seconds! Yet, some 30 and 40 point questions took me hours or days lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Lion View Post
    If you haven't tried Historical Hunt's online hunt, you can still easily catch up to the frontrunners! HH has designed the hunt this year so that the pack cannot move forward unless or until stragglers and newcomers help to reach a collective threshold. There is a "Simple Explorations" category that is all pretty easy and seems designed to introduce you to various types of questions, formatting of answers (explained in links on the HH website) and sites that will come in handy when you seek answers online. (Hint: I have recommended the Smithsonian's historical newspaper collection, Chronicling America, in past years.) Then you can try your luck and skill in the Cemetery category. There are a few relatively easy questions but a number of tough ones to force you to discover new websites and new ways of googling.

    Feel free to ask questions here if you want to know more about how the Internet hunt works, or about past hunts. People probably won't share information here that leads to specific answers, but there is a nice collective spirit that welcomes newcomers to the hunts.

    We need just 232 more questions (out of 1400) answered to "unlock" the next round of questions in the "Themed Hunts" category. Can you help?
    HH update, posted yesterday on facebook:

    We need 198 more historic questions answered to unlock our third themed hunt. If we can get this done by 17th of February we will add 4th and 5th place winners!

    If you haven't started playing it's still not too late. We have not released any other hunts (yet) other than our Themed Internet Hunts.

    Good Luck to everyone!
    HH

    There are about 50 questions in this themed hunt, "Cemeteries and Burial Places" which, when answered correctly, gives you 2370 points. The prize pot currently stands at $625.

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    We're stuck with 198 questions to be solved before the next round can begin. So here are some general hints about useful resources to help those who may be stuck:

    Chronicling America - use the "Advanced Search" tab to focus the search by state or date (but sometimes an unfocused search will lead to a solution!)
    Search U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present Chronicling America Library of Congress

    Find A Grave - a crowd-sourced site with information and photos about burial sites around the world (but HH uses only U.S. sites). Search for an individual or use "cemetery lookup" to find a specific graveyard.
    Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials

    Waymarking - unique sites around the world. The search function is limited, but you can get the hang of it with some practice.
    Waymarking - A scavenger hunt for unique and interesting locations in the world

    I hope these tips will tempt more people to try this hunt!
    https://www.historicalhunt.com/dashboard.php

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    I really respect this hunt, I'm just not very good at it, hahaha.., I'm sure I'll be in the mood to answer few questions in the next day or two
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    I notice that HH has posted on the dashboard a reminder that multiple registrations from the same household are permitted (you just can't have more than one winner from a household). Maybe this will help to get us over the threshold.

    Also, I just sent a private message to cthree on this forum, asking whether he would consider now promoting HH to a "recommended" hunt. This might attract more interest from Twelevers and keep the momentum and competition going at a quicker pace. If you think it would help, please send your own message to cthree to show him that there is wider support for this move. We have inquired about this in the past, but HH didn't have as much of a track record at that point.

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    FYI - HH reached the 1400 questions answered that were needed to open the next topic, so a new set of questions is now available. This most recent topic is Hatchetman - and all questions have to do with the same grisly story from the 1800's.

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    Just a question....How many of you have found answers on Ancestry.com? And are they answers that you have not found anywhere else? (ie you exhausted your other sources) There is a question where I can not locate the answer, and I believe that answer would be available on Ancestry.com. I am not a member.

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    I have found at least one answer on ancestry that I could not find elsewhere, but it's possible I didn't look any further because I found it there.

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