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    familysearch.org is also an ancestry site which is free. You do have to register. The only thing that I have really found useful at those sites is looking at census records for occupations of people to help determine if I am on the right track with someone. Or, looking for family connections, for example, finding brothers in a family tree or in a census. It seems even a Google search will bring up genealogy information. I wouldn't spend the money to buy a subscription to ancestry.com for this hunt.

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    I just posted an invitation to join the hunt in a Find A Grave forum. There wasn't really a matching category, but I put this in the "Research Resources" discussion within the Cemetery and Genealogy Research category:
    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

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    If you haven't checked back lately, the latest category in the Historic Hunts Internet Hunt focuses on shipwrecks in and around the U.S. One question was stumping (almost) everyone and HH came back with a correction that allowed us to finally identify the answer. If you are at your wits' end about a few remaining questions, keep in mind that HH sometimes uses the formatting of the site where he found the answer, even if that formatting was not spelled correctly or lacked proper punctuation. I know the minister's name was Tustin, for instance, but one website spelled it differently and that's the one HH used. Sometimes a possible correct answer appears to be four words long but HH's formatting clue tells you he wants only three words. Try dropping a non-essential word from the four-word name, just to see if it might work that way. In some cases, you'll want to throw something against the wall when you see what HH considers to be a correct answer, so keep some throw pillows handy.

    Don't give up! He promises that some Original Hunts will be coming in March, so keep an eye on the website.

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    We only need 30 questions answered to unlock next Themed Hunt!!

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    Thought you guys might be interested in this since we use it so much for the hunt!
    Create a web-based tool, data visualization, or other creative use of the information found in the Chronicling America historic newspaper database.

    Posted By: National Endowment for the Humanities
    Category: Software/Apps
    Submission Dates : Oct 28, 2015 - Jun 15, 2016
    Judging Dates : Jun 15, 2016 - Jul 15, 2016

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    What now? As the Internet hunt is starting to draw to a close, once all of the themed hunts are complete, it seems we are in a wait and see kind of game. It is very frustrating to have worked very hard to find a few tough questions, to wake up to find yet another original question come and gone in the middle of the night, after spending the evening refreshing the screen to see if anything has popped up. I remember in hunts past there was some kind of announcement when a series of original questions would be posted so more people would have the chance to answer them.

    So far I think we have all had fun with this, but hopefully the momentum and enthusiasm won't wane towards the end here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stvwz View Post
    What now? As the Internet hunt is starting to draw to a close, once all of the themed hunts are complete, it seems we are in a wait and see kind of game. It is very frustrating to have worked very hard to find a few tough questions, to wake up to find yet another original question come and gone in the middle of the night, after spending the evening refreshing the screen to see if anything has popped up. I remember in hunts past there was some kind of announcement when a series of original questions would be posted so more people would have the chance to answer them.

    So far I think we have all had fun with this, but hopefully the momentum and enthusiasm won't wane towards the end here.
    I agree. I love this game and have really enjoyed the hunt (so glad he decided to have an internet hunt this year!), even when I searched for hours (days?) for what seemed an impossible answer, but I find this original hunt approach to be time consuming and as you said, frustrating.

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    What? Did they do another Original Hunt? It had to be in the wee hours of the morning, because I was up until about 4am est, refreshing like crazy, while trying to complete the theme hunts, which I FINALLY did!

    But I also agree, it is hard trying to search for these insanely hard questions, while also worrying about trying to see if another question is being added. And having questions worth so many points makes it very hard for late comers to catch up. A few 40-60 point questions here and there are fine, but when it comes to having several 70-100+ points, especially with an Original Hunt question, where only one person can get the points, it makes it very hard to catch up. The original hunts should have mostly 10-30 point questions, with 1 or 2 40 point plus, that way more players get the opportunity to answer them. But this is a great hunt, and I am very thankful that HH brought this back, and I hope they continue to have them, cause, I am unable to do their land hunts, I wish they would do these more often. I love the history learned from these hunts, it sets it apart from several others and they make some of them very tricky/frustrating but still very fun!

    MM

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    I missed Original Hunt (OH) question #1. I saw OH#2 but couldn't find a source online before it was answered. That question was:
    Illinois Bounty Land Register: January 01, 1836 A five dollar reward is offered for the return of this.
    I believe this question was worth 50 points.

    OH questions #3 and #4 were the two moved from the "Future" themed hunt. #3 was a City of the Future named after a character from Greek Mythology. #4 was the date that a Calendar Coincidence would occur again. I found the answer for #3 and Musicman answered #4. Each of these questions was worth 100 points.

    OH question #5 was posted at about 10:45 p.m. on Monday night. It read:
    Athenian, January 06, 1829: The specimen raised by Dr. I.B.
    This question was worth 50 points.
    I found the answer for OH#5 but someone else beat me to it before I could type my answer in the box.

    I wrote down the scores for the top 15 players after OH#5. Since Monday night, Musicman has added 100 points to take first place. Stvwz has added 40 points. Rainman has added 90 points. These three plus Theda Wailey and I are the only ones who had entered answers for all of the theme questions, I believe. The only other scores that have moved since Tuesday evening are in 12th and 13th place: Cap***ob went from 5180 to 5210 and Les***73 went from 4240 to 4380. Cap***ob apparently added one answer from a theme category since his gain was only 30 points. I know someone who is in touch with Les***73, and she has been slowly chipping away at the theme questions.

    So maybe there was no OH question released yesterday?

    If Musicman didn't gain his latest 100 points from answering an Original Hunt question last night, then he must have answered question #1 and/or #2 of the Original Hunt questions. Is that right MM? Otherwise you and I would be tied, right?

    Not an accusation or anything, just trying to make sense of this and to give everyone a feel for the shape of the competition.

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    Puma,

    I got OH #1 it was full name of L. Haveland's fiancee it was worth 60 points, the OH #2 was the one about the bounty land register, and I couldn't find that source either, I think that HeritageQuest was needed for that one, which I have no access to, or am able to get access to in or around my area, I am not sure, but I think Cry****ce got that one, which was 20 points, the theme hunt question about the calendar coincidence moved to Original Hunts worth 100 points, I got also....Then at around 12am this morning I got the final theme hunt question about the Reverend....but I never even saw OH #5? I was also like to say that Genetic Blend, is very good, and has progressed tremendously with the questions......competitor or not, talent should be recognized, and the same goes for all the top 15, this year the questions seemed much harder then last year this year, even a 20 point question, has proven difficult for me lol I spent forever trying to find the A Hopeless Task one! And some of the 30 and 40 point ones, were so difficult that they were made into 100 point questions lol

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