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What Is Heritage Mining?

Heritage mining is the process of 'panning' through non-traditional sources of heritage for items that might have a family history connection to a living descendant who may pay for the joy of acquiring a tangible piece of their ancestry. The items that have have heritage potential are varied but include written items such as letters, postcards and other documents (indentures, leases, mortgages etc.) as well as possessions (e.g. photographs, books with signatures or name plates) and more prosaic items such as a painting by an ancestor whose artistic talent may have been unknown to their descendants.

To become a Heritage Miner you need a source of heritage items. There are many sources of suitable items, car boot sales, junk shops, antique stores and flea markets and on-line sources like eBay. Once you have some heritage items you must use your genealogical skills to search through genealogy resources, such as census returns or more modern sources like electoral rolls, for the owner of the item. You can then try to match the owner with their descendants. This is best done through the on-line repositories in which people place their family trees.

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How Do I Join?

Please Note: Selling items through The Heritage Mine requires that you subscribe to our seller services which incurs a monthly fee. You may view the current level of fees here. Subscriptions may be cancelled at any time.

In order to sell items on The Heritage Mine You will need to be a registered as a user (and have confirmed your identity by following a link in a verification email that we will send to you). Once properly registered you can add the ability to sell items to your account. For your protection, and that of other users of the site, we require that you provide us with greater detail of yourself than required for ordinary registration.

We are currently testing the sales facilities on the site. When we have fully validated them we will open the mine for others to sell heritage items too.

To be given advanced warning of the opening of the site for Sellers please send a message to and we will include you in the early adopter's program.

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If you want to join the growing band of Heritage Miner's who get pleasure and reward from searching for heritage items then Sign Up Now!
The Selling Facilities are currently under test and will be available soon.