The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tells their members that Joseph Smith was only a hired hand in these treasure digs. However, this was not Joseph's role. His role was looking into his hat, at his stone, to find where the treasure was hidden. He was so well known, that people hired him from all across the state of New York.
Please be patient as I gather the research for Joseph's treasure digs.
Many scholars and researchers have already gathered this information. My two favorite sources are Mark Elwood and Dan Vogel. Mark Elwood as found over forty treasure digs that Joseph Smith could have been involved in. For more information from Mark, please visit his website at TheGlassLooker.com.
For the research done by Dan Vogel, on my podcast I read his article published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought titled "The Locations of Joseph Smith's Early Treasure Quests" published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 27 No. 3 (1994): 197–231. This is Episode 32 on the Analyzing Mormonism Podcast.
Click on the link below to listen to Dan Vogel's article.
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