I am hoping to recruit some new players for a fun, free, no-strings-attached armchair treasure hunt. The current online hunt began in late January and has featured questions about the Salem witch hunt, a 19th Century murderer and a large category called "Cemeteries and Burial Sites," among other topics. Since so many of the answers for the cemetery questions could be found on Find A Grave, I thought there might be an audience here that would enjoy joining the fun.
I have never met the organizer of Historical Hunt website but, over the last few years, I have won several of his "Land Hunts" (he hides rocks with secret codes in historic sites around New England and you solve online clues and then race to a state park, old fort, cemetery or monument somewhere in the designated state). Last summer, I hiked to the remote Jewell Cemetery in Vermont because I was looking for a remote grave site in the woods as part of a land hunt! It wasn't the right site for the land hunt (although it really matched the available clues, gosh darn it!) but at least I got some photos of the cemetery to fulfill some requests here on Find A Grave.
The prizes are historic currency and he has always delivered the promised prizes. The Historical Hunt website requires participants to register, but there is no cost to participate. The land hunts would be a lot of fun to pursue with a family including kids. Imagine finding a hidden treasure stone in the dark recesses of an old overgrown fort at the southernmost point of land in Rhode Island . . .
This year's Internet hunt involves answering questions using information found on various websites - the historic newspapers on Chronicling America are a favorite resource and, as I mentioned, the Find A Grave site has been very useful. Good googling skills come in handy and I have improved my attention to detail and learned a lot of history as I have pursued each answer. To be fair, I should say that the organizer sometimes makes mistakes. And you have to be open to typos and old-fashioned spelling in the source material that becomes part of the answer he is seeking. So you start to learn how his mind works and how to be flexible about trying different approaches to answers.
He has set up this year's online hunt in such a way that participants as a group have to answer several hundred questions correctly before the next set of questions is unlocked. This allows the back of the pack a chance to catch up to the front runners at each stage, ensuring that the competition remains somewhat close. If more people join the hunt, though, we will reach each threshold more quickly and keep the hunt moving along at a good pace.
Here is the link to the Historical Hunt website: https://www.historicalhunt.com/index.php
He is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalHunt/?fref=ts