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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Newsletter
September 30, 2020

Captain Carl "Fizz" Fismer

I've had the opportunity to befriend on Facebook a giant in the treasure hunting community, Captain Carl "Fizz" Fismer.

"Fizz" has spent a lifetime chasing pirate treasures and their shipwrecks. He has lived a life of adventures that many have dreamed of doing.

Recently I purchased Captain Fizz's book, "Time Ranger, In Search Of Jack Haskins." It is a book filled with epic tales about the adventures of the late treasure hunter Jack Haskins. In this exciting book, "Fizz" explains how he set out to discover some of the treasure hunting adventures that Jack Haskins explored and how Captain Carl eventually met him. There are some really exciting treasure hunting stories about how Jack Haskins set about looking for pirate shipwrecks and treasures.

I highly recommend "Time Ranger, In Search Of Jack Haskins." Check out his Facebook page. Carl Fizmer And if you would like to add him as a friend and purchase a copy of "Time Ranger," be sure to tell him that Frank Pandozzi sent you.

Build A Roadmap To Locate Treasure

You may have heard of a treasure hidden near where you live or one that is off in a faraway corner of the world that you would like to search for, but you're not sure of how to begin. Well, you're not alone in that thinking. Many have had dreams of searching for and uncovering a lost treasure but have never attempted the adventure for various reasons. But if you're serious about searching for that pot of gold, but you need a starting point to begin. Hopefully, my article will help you. I can answer the "how to find treasure" question, but it's up to you to follow through on what you learn here.

The How-To, Is The Hard Part

Answering the question of "how to find a treasure" is easy. However, the hard part is following through on the "how-to" part of the searching for many. This is what I mean.

First, you need a roadmap. I don't mean a map used for driving. I mean a guide of how you are going to proceed to locate that treasure. Successful treasure hunters know where they will search because they have researched their treasure story. The research is their roadmap for where to begin searching.

Haphazardly digging here and there, tearing into homes with hammers, and saws, expecting to locate a treasure because you read about it online or elsewhere is an exercise in futility. Finding treasures doesn't work that way. That's because most of those stories are full of holes. They've been told or written about so many times that the story has changed. Sometimes an exaggeration of information is made, or a piece of information is left out of the story. It may be on purpose or not, no matter, that missing piece of information could be the crucial part of that treasure hunting puzzle. So how do you research a buried treasure story or any lost treasure? You begin by searching for more information. You begin to build your own roadmap to follow.

Searching For Answers

How to find treasure is nothing more than a search for answers. If you have a story about a buried treasure, the first thing you do is try and verify that information. How do you do that? You do that by visiting a library and searching books. Try browsing through newspaper files to see if there is any information regarding that story. To find stories about treasures, browse through old magazines about lost treasures. If you find any information regarding your story or find a treasure story you want to research further, note the author and his or her reference, usually listed as a footnote or a bibliography in the book or magazine. Research the author to see if they have written any more about that particular information.

Next, read the material while looking for verifiable information. Is there information about the treasure made by a person now living that you can contact and questioned? If the story is old and all persons connected to the treasure are deceased, try looking for verifiable proof through any surviving family members that may have been told the story about the treasure.

Another place to search for treasure stories is your local historical societies. Many times they have the information you need that the libraries don't have. Search their old newspapers and magazines in that area. I have been successful by visiting local historical societies in the counties I want to search.

This time-consuming research is most often what stops many amateur treasure hunters from pursuing lost and buried treasures. Research takes lots of time and work. But they are the cornerstone to building your roadmap to finding treasures.

Once you have gathered all of the information you need to begin your physical search for the treasure, the next thing you do is design a plan of how and where you will physically look for the goodies.

By now, you should have a good idea of where to begin looking, but first, be sure to get permission from the property owners. You don’t want to start searching, especially digging, on private property without first getting the ok to do so. If you are on State or Federal Lands, be careful of the laws.

You may be reluctant to talk to a property owner about a possible treasure on their property. It’s not unusual to feel that way. However, suppose you mention that you are willing to share any finds and that you will respect their property. In that case, many property owners, especially if they had no idea a treasure may be hidden on their property, will welcome the idea. Be professional and courteous. Those traits go a long way with property owners.

If your search does not lead to a treasure, you need to turn around and rethink your plan. It may mean once again researching the story and heading into a new area, and it’s not uncommon to search many sites before finding that elusive treasure. Patience and dedication are needed to locate them. Not everyone has that kind of persistence.

However, many others from all walks of life have found all sorts of treasures. Follow your roadmap until you reach a dead-end, or you discover what you’re looking for.

Treasures are everywhere. Keep your eyes and ears open for signs, and research the possibility.

A Piece From The Past

This month "A Piece From The Past" article will be a little different. In keeping with the theme of my above article, "Build A Roadmap To Locate Treasure," and it's information on the importance of research, this edition of "The Digger" will provide you with some old magazines, books, and organizations from the past that is worthy of searching for because they are a treasure trove of information for researching treasure stories of all types.

If you can find any of the following periodicals in used book stores, on the net, flea markets auctions, estate, and garage sales, then grab them up. Most have been out of print and circulation for years.

I am showing you the name of the magazine or book and the publisher at that time. I have all of the following, and hundreds more that I have used for research.

Desert Magazine, Palm Desert, CA, 92260

Frontier Times, Western Pub Inc, P.O. Box 3668, 1012

Edgecliff Ter, Austin Texas, 78704

Life, Time Inc, 540 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago Ill

Look, Look Bldg, Des Moines, Iowa 50304 National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Society, 16th & M Street, Washington D.C.

Old West, Western Pub Inc, P.O. Box 3668, 1012 Edgecliff Ter, Austin Texas, 78704

Outdoors Calling, Floyd Clymer Pub, 222 N. Virgil Ave, Los Angelas, CA 90004

Popular Mechanics, 575 Lexington Ave, N.Y. N.Y. 10022

Popular Science, 375 Lexington Ave, N.Y. N.Y. 10015

Real West, Charlton Pub Inc, Division St, Derby Conn,

True, Fawcett Pub, Fawcett Bldg, Greenwitch Conn,

Western Treasures, Ames Pub, 5428 Reseda Blvd, P.O. Box 866, Tarzana CA

Britain's Treasure Hunting Hobbyists Get Professional

"In a next to his local pub, Luke Mahoney found a gold coin and a sixpence piece, before heading off for a bite to eat. After lunch, the businessman, who runs a firm selling metal detectors, discovered that a plough had cracked open a pot two feet down. His detector went mad. Britians Treasure Hunting Hobbyist Gets Professional

What Lies Beneath: Man Finds Lost Treasures At Grand Haven State Park

"While in college, Ace Covey thought it a grand idea to go look for treasure in real life, instead of in a video game." What Lies Beneath

Park's Toppled Trees Give Up Secrets of the Past

"SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of friends with metal detectors made their way to Liberty Park shortly after hurricane strength winds moved through northern Utah on September 8th." Parks Toppled Trees Man With a Metal Detector Discovers a Hoard of Bronze Age Artifacts

Woman Gets Ring Back Nearly 20 Years Later

"ALLEGAN, Mich. — A young woman finally has her class ring back nearly 20 years after losing it. It was found in West Michigan, but she's not even from Michigan." Woman Gets Ring

New Garrett Multi-Frequency Metal Detector Is The APEX Of Affordability and Flexibility

“GARLAND, Texas, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas-based Garrett Metal Detectors today announced the upcoming release of a new Sport Division metal detector for hobbyists, the ACE Apex multi-frequency detector.” New Garrett Multi-Frequency Metal Detector Is The APEX Of Affordability and Flexibility

Garretts New Ace Apex Metal Detector -UPDATE

Garretts New Ace Apex Metal Detector -UPDATE

I will be listing the New Garrett Ace Apex Metal Detector at my website in a few weeks.

Contact me if you have any questions regarding this detector.

Thanks for your interest, Frank

We Want Your Stories and Pictures

One of the excitements we get from metal detecting is seeing what kind of “stuff” others are finding. Not only do we enjoy seeing the items found, but many of us like to hear the stories about how those finds were located. So, let’s see your “stuff.”

Many have posted pictures and brief stories of their finds at my website. It’s easy to do. You basically create your own webpage with a picture or pictures, and a brief story of how you found the items. Once your page is posted, others will be able to view your page, and make comments. You will also have your own url link to the webpage you built. Use that link to post to Facebook, Twitter, or Pintrest and share with others.

So show your “stuff.” We want to see the goodies! Stories About Your Finds

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