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Just as agriculture was necessary to sustain the population of America, the products which came as a result of mining were just as necessary to the developing country. Immigrants seem to have been one of the major groups involved in mining because of the familiarity with the occupation or the need for quick employment. Many also pursued mining with a hope of "striking it rich" or simply to be able to provide for their families.  
 
Just as agriculture was necessary to sustain the population of America, the products which came as a result of mining were just as necessary to the developing country. Immigrants seem to have been one of the major groups involved in mining because of the familiarity with the occupation or the need for quick employment. Many also pursued mining with a hope of "striking it rich" or simply to be able to provide for their families.  
  
In any case, the value for the researcher is that there was a paper trail. As with other land applications, a mining claim required the claimant be twenty-one years of age and be a citizen of the United States or have made a declaration of intent to become a citizen. Along with that, after the California gold rush of 1848, the forms required by the government often included detailed questions such as a place of birth.<ref name="Hone" /> For those with immigrant ancestors this information could break down the oceanic "brick wall."  
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In any case, the value for the researcher is that there was a paper trail. As with other land applications, a mining claim required the claimant be twenty-one years of age and be a citizen of the United States or have made a declaration of intent to become a citizen. Along with that, after the California gold rush of 1848, the forms required by the government often included detailed questions such as a place of birth.<ref name="Hone">Hone, Wade E. ''Land and Property Research in the United States'' Ancestry Incorporated, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1997</ref> For those with immigrant ancestors this information could break down the oceanic "brick wall."  
  
 
The types of mining claims were either lode claims or placer claims. A lode claim is one which involves minerals found in rock veins such as tin, silver or gold. A placer claim is one with minerals not found in rock veins, but through means such as open pit mining or panning, for example.<ref name="Hone" />  
 
The types of mining claims were either lode claims or placer claims. A lode claim is one which involves minerals found in rock veins such as tin, silver or gold. A placer claim is one with minerals not found in rock veins, but through means such as open pit mining or panning, for example.<ref name="Hone" />  
  
When researching mineral claims, it is helpful to have know a little of when mines were formed and where they were located so that the researcher will have an idea as to whether or not the ancestor may have filed a mineral claim. It also adds to the history of ancestors as we learn more of why they moved to certain areas.
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==== Locating Mineral Lands and Claims  ====
  
==== Chronology of Mining in the United States  ====
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When researching mineral claims, it is helpful to know when mines were formed and where they were located in the state where an ancestor lived so that the researcher will have an idea as to whether or not the ancestor may have filed a mineral claim. It also adds to the history of ancestors as we learn more of why they moved to certain areas. One of the easiest ways to learn this information is to "google" a phrase such as "mining in ___(the state of interest)"
  
1763&nbsp; First coal mines in what is now Richmond, Virginia<ref name="infomine">Global InfoMine ''Mining in USA'' http://www.infomine.com/countries/SOIR/USA/ 1990-2010</ref>
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Mineral land claims and applications are found in the National Archives and are usually within the land-entry case files. To learn more about how to obtain information for ordering these case files, see the wiki article entitled: [[Grants from the Federal Government (Public Domain)#Obtaining the Case File|''Obtaining the Case File'']]&nbsp;(United States - Land and Property - The Land Acquisition Process - Federal Land)
  
1785 The government created a Land Ordinance which specified that one-third of all mineral lands were to be reserved for the United States.
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==== Mineral Producing States ====
  
1800 First production of coal in Ohio in Jefferson County. <ref name="null">Crowell, Douglas L. ''Geofacts No. 14 Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Geological Survey. [http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/10/pdf/GeoFacts/geof14.pdf History of Coal Mining in Ohio]'' Revised May 2005</ref>  
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COAL MINING STATES: The largest coal producing states in 1889 were Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Iowa, Alabama, Indiana, Colorado, Kentucky, Kansas and Tennessee. <ref name="hone">Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_coal_mining_in_the_United_States ''History of Coal Mining in the United States''] Creative Commons</ref>  
  
1807 Legislation provided for leasing of the mineral lands held by the government.  
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COPPER MINING STATES: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California,Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. <ref>Wikipedia [''http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_mining_in_the_United_States Copper Mining in the United States''] Creative Commons</ref>
  
1847 Ducktown, Polk county, Tennessee began copper mining in 1847 and continued into the later 1900's.
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SILVER MINING STATES: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington. <ref>Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_mining_in_the_United_States ''Silver Mining in the United States''] Creative Commons</ref>
  
1848 First Coal miner's union formed in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania  
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GOLD MINING STATES: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming. <ref>Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_mining_in_the_United_States ''Gold Mining in the United States''] Creative Commons</ref>
  
1848 California gold rush
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IRON ORE MINING STATES: California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Montana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee.
  
1863 First mining of copper in the Bingham Canyon mine (Kennecott Copper Mine)began.  
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OIL PRODUCING STATES: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California,Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming<ref>Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oil-producing_states#North_America ''List of oil-producing states''] Creative Commons</ref>
  
1866 The government Act of 26 July 1866 provided for mining claimants to be able to obtain a patent for their mineral lands. The requirements for a patent for lode claims were that the claimant must have made a significant amount of improvement on the claim and must pay a certain amount per acre. By 1870, this included placer claims.<ref name="Hone">Hone, Wade E. ''Land and Property Research in the United States'' Ancestry Incorporated, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1997</ref>  
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TOP NATURAL GAS PRODUCING STATES: Texas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado, Alaska, Utah, Kansas, California, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Montana, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi. <ref>Fedstats, USA.gov Department of Energy [http://www.eia.doe.gov/neic/experts/natgastop10.htm ''U.S. Energy Information Administration Independent Statistics and Analysis''] 2007</ref><br>
  
1873 Copper mining begins in Arizona in Clifton (Morenci), Arizona. Some of the other Arizona mines were in Jerome, Ajo, Bisbee and Globe. Arizona is one of the major copper producing states in the nation.
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==== Important Dates in Mining History  ====
  
1872 The General Mining Law was established which defined mineral lands as those which held "any valuable minerals."  
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*1785 The government created a Land Ordinance which specified that one-third of all mineral lands were to be reserved for the United States.
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*1807 Legislation provided for leasing of the mineral lands held by the government.
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*1848 First Coal miner's union formed in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania
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*1848 California gold rush
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*1864 Coal land claims were separated from other mineral lands.<ref name="Hone" />
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*1866 The government Act of 26 July 1866 provided for mining claimants to be able to obtain a patent for their mineral lands. The requirements for a patent for lode claims were that the claimant must have made a significant amount of improvement on the claim and must pay a certain amount per acre. By 1870, this included placer claims.<ref name="Hone" />
  
1879 First oil wells drilled in California
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1879 Copper mining begins in Tyrone, Grant county, New Mexico and has become one of the top copper producing areas in the nation.
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1880 Gold strike in Juneau, Alaska
 
  
1882 Copper discovered in the Butte, Montana area and it quickly became one of the leading copper producing areas in the United States.  
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1883 Coal mines in southern West Virginia attracted European immigrants and many African Americans. <ref>Wapedia - Wiki: [http://wapedia.mobi/en/History_of_coal_mining?p=2#license History of Coal Mining]</ref>
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1887 First oil wells drilled in Texas
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==== Mines in the United States  ====
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Knowing where some of the mines were located in the United States may assist in learning more about why an ancestor moved to a certain area as well as open the door to the possibility of a mining claim. The following are a few websites which may be helpful.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_coal_mining_in_the_United_States History of coal mining in the United States.] The largest Coal Producing States in 1889 were Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Iowa, Alabama, Indiana, Colorado, Kentucky, Kansas and Tennessee
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[http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/10/pdf/GeoFacts/geof14.pdf The History of Coal Mining in Ohio]During the first half of the 1800's Ohio coal miners mainly comprised the English, Scottish and Welsh.
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[http://patheoldminer.rootsweb.ancestry.com/county.html Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania.] Includes an index of mines and miners from this area.
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For a more complete list of copper mines in the United States visit the Wikipedia article entitled: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_mining_in_the_United_States Copper mining in the United States]
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Mining

Just as agriculture was necessary to sustain the population of America, the products which came as a result of mining were just as necessary to the developing country. Immigrants seem to have been one of the major groups involved in mining because of the familiarity with the occupation or the need for quick employment. Many also pursued mining with a hope of "striking it rich" or simply to be able to provide for their families.

In any case, the value for the researcher is that there was a paper trail. As with other land applications, a mining claim required the claimant be twenty-one years of age and be a citizen of the United States or have made a declaration of intent to become a citizen. Along with that, after the California gold rush of 1848, the forms required by the government often included detailed questions such as a place of birth.[1] For those with immigrant ancestors this information could break down the oceanic "brick wall."

The types of mining claims were either lode claims or placer claims. A lode claim is one which involves minerals found in rock veins such as tin, silver or gold. A placer claim is one with minerals not found in rock veins, but through means such as open pit mining or panning, for example.[1]

Locating Mineral Lands and Claims

When researching mineral claims, it is helpful to know when mines were formed and where they were located in the state where an ancestor lived so that the researcher will have an idea as to whether or not the ancestor may have filed a mineral claim. It also adds to the history of ancestors as we learn more of why they moved to certain areas. One of the easiest ways to learn this information is to "google" a phrase such as "mining in ___(the state of interest)"

Mineral land claims and applications are found in the National Archives and are usually within the land-entry case files. To learn more about how to obtain information for ordering these case files, see the wiki article entitled: Obtaining the Case File (United States - Land and Property - The Land Acquisition Process - Federal Land)

Mineral Producing States

COAL MINING STATES: The largest coal producing states in 1889 were Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Iowa, Alabama, Indiana, Colorado, Kentucky, Kansas and Tennessee. [2]

COPPER MINING STATES: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California,Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. [3]

SILVER MINING STATES: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington. [4]

GOLD MINING STATES: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming. [5]

IRON ORE MINING STATES: California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Montana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee.

OIL PRODUCING STATES: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California,Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming[6]

TOP NATURAL GAS PRODUCING STATES: Texas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado, Alaska, Utah, Kansas, California, Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Montana, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi. [7]

Important Dates in Mining History

  • 1785 The government created a Land Ordinance which specified that one-third of all mineral lands were to be reserved for the United States.
  • 1807 Legislation provided for leasing of the mineral lands held by the government.
  • 1848 First Coal miner's union formed in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania
  • 1848 California gold rush
  • 1864 Coal land claims were separated from other mineral lands.[1]
  • 1866 The government Act of 26 July 1866 provided for mining claimants to be able to obtain a patent for their mineral lands. The requirements for a patent for lode claims were that the claimant must have made a significant amount of improvement on the claim and must pay a certain amount per acre. By 1870, this included placer claims.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hone, Wade E. Land and Property Research in the United States Ancestry Incorporated, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1997
  2. Wikipedia History of Coal Mining in the United States Creative Commons
  3. Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_mining_in_the_United_States Copper Mining in the United States] Creative Commons
  4. Wikipedia Silver Mining in the United States Creative Commons
  5. Wikipedia Gold Mining in the United States Creative Commons
  6. Wikipedia List of oil-producing states Creative Commons
  7. Fedstats, USA.gov Department of Energy U.S. Energy Information Administration Independent Statistics and Analysis 2007



 

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