Welcome to The Diggings™! We take pride in making mining claims easy to find and understand. We hope that the site is simple enough for you to find the information you are looking for without an instruction manual. Still, we certainly aren't perfect. So we thought that it is better to have an overview, just in case.
On this site, we handle two groupings of data: mining claims and the entities involved with these mines. The rest of the site is designed to help visitors such as yourself find relevant mines and their affiliated entities.
There are three main ways to find the claims you are looking for:
The search is the simplest way to look for mines. Every page has a search field in the upper right corner of the page.
Visitors can also find mines by clicking through a series of groupings to narrow down your options, or browsing. On The Diggings™ you can browse by several groupings: mine location or the mine's administrative office.
Starting at the United States of America page, you can view the number of mines that are in each state and narrow your search from state to county to township to mine.
Alternatively, with the administrative areas approach, you can group mines by area, state, district, and field offices.
Using the Maps
We area also very proud of our mapping functionality. We have even written a blog post explaining their functionality and how you can get the most out of maps on The Diggings™: Understanding Maps.
"Owners" can be companies, private individuals, agencies, etc. We call all of these entities involved in mining Mines "owners." This does not mean that these "owners" actually do or ever did own a mine. A lot of them did, so it is simpler and easier to understand that term, but some of these were agents, applicants, and the like.
There are many different methods of searching for owners:
Searching for owners is the same deal as searching for mines. The search field works for both. Yet, given that there are so many claims out there, searching for an owner's name may return the Mines this individual owns or is affiliated with first. Fortunately, every Mine page also has links to the related owners near the bottom of the page.
This category is quite self explanitory. We have grouped owner names by first letter, last name, and full name. This last grouping can include owners sharing the same name as well as a single owner which has, for one reason or another, multiple owner ids registered. The owner may have moved, possess mines spanning different administrative offices, or there could be a clerical error leading to multiple IDs being generated.
Also similar to the mine browsing functionality, you can browse owners by location. Even though the mines listed in The Diggings™ are all found in the USA, not all owners are located there. Relevant countries for owners are listed on the Browse Owners by Location page. From there, you can see the number of owners located in each country and proceed to browse from country to state to county to city to owner page.
The owner Category distinguishes entities' involvement in mining claims. Owner categories include:
In this section, categories are listed with the number of owners in each category. Within a category, owners are sorted by name.
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Mining Claim News From The Diggings™
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Understanding BLM Administrative Areas
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Understanding Location Data
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