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Please do not buy any 'mines' or mineral claims on Ebay, or any other web site, for any amount of money: doing so only encourages crooks and swindlers to defraud other people, and the holes in the ground they are selling are not worth anything at all. You can do all of the research you need to do, and get all of the forms necessary to file your own claims on abandoned and unclaimed sites by yourself online, for a tiny fraction of the cost these bastards want you to fork over. Some research sources:

START HERE for researching open areas, and claim history.

GeoCommunicator has everything you need. (1) Start with the lat/long button; (2) on the new dialog box, enter the area you are interested in; (3) hit the "Search" button; (4) look at the original web browser page; (5) hit the "identify" button; (6) mouse click on the area you are interested in; (7) a dialog box will appear with many options, including plats; (8) click "plats;" (9) click the "Mining Claim Authorizations Cases" link; (10) when the new dialog box and query completes, save the PDF file to your computer. There is a vast wealth of information here, including township info that you will need when filing a minerals claim.

Active and inactive mine claims

Locating a Mining Claim or Mill Site FAQs

One may find me at: info(at)freegoldmaps. com
Desertphile, 06 March 2013

Gold maps via address entered.
*The new user's interface is via this link.*
The previous user's interface is found here.
See the page at Prospecting for Gold in the United States.

There are many basic tools required to find and work mineral claims. The low-budget prospector only needs the three basics: a shovel, a bucket, and a gold pan (and a source of water) to get started; people who have been seized by the gold prospecting fever can end up buying, and perhaps even needing, equipment to work a prospect and turn it into a producing mine. To recover enough gold to make the labor worth doing, the three basics (above) are not enough. Some of the items used to recover gold are:

  • Classifiers, Screens and Sieves
  • Digging Tools - picks, rakes, shovels
  • Gold Pans and Gold Panning Kits
  • Dry Washers for desert areas
  • Highbankers (Power Sluice boxs)
  • Black Sand Concentrators
  • Hand Dredge
  • Rock Crusher / sample ore crusher
  • Crevice Tools
  • Snuffer Bottles
  • Miners Moss
  • Sluice Carpet Mat / ribbed vinyl matting
  • Metal detector
  • Face mask / dust mask
  • Digging Trowel
  • "Gold Cube" Concentrator
  • Automatic Gold Panners
  • Books on how to find gold
Form FM-2 "PLACER MINING CLAIM LOCATION NOTICE (CALIFORNIA):"
Other maps of interest: The MRDS Database in Microsoft Access 97 format.
  • Database Explanation

  • Database Binary File. You will need to rename the file by removing "-rename" due to web server security issues.

There is also a MRDS statistics page I have made for people who are interested in such things as how many records mention 'gold' per state and per county, and the guange (waste material) associated with gold.