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Searching old NSS numbers?

PostPosted: Nov 16, 2014 7:38 am
by Bill
Is there a way to search old NSS numbers/connect them back to the members? There hasn't been much organized caving in my county in perhaps 20 years or more. Going into a local cave yesterday that was mapped back in late 1950s I found a carbide/sooted date with a very low four-digit number that I assume is an NSS number: 1150. Is there a source or way to connect it back to owner? It's be neat to know if it was one of two people I suspect may have been involved in early Wythe County mapping.

Re: Searching old NSS numbers?

PostPosted: Nov 16, 2014 9:02 am
by GroundquestMSA
Phil Winkler (here on Cavechat) has been kind enough to get me names for the old NSS numbers I've found in caves. However, I may have abused his patience, since he let me know that the NSS office can also do this for me. Also, even with old numbers, there is a chance that they may still be active. If so, you can find the owners on the NSS Member Search. I went ahead and checked #1150 and got no results, but you may find the feature handy in the future.

I've found a bunch of old NSS numbers in VA too. In one cave in particular the old cavers were almost as bad as the subsequent vandals.

Re: Searching old NSS numbers?

PostPosted: Nov 16, 2014 2:05 pm
by Bill
Thanks, Groundsearch. I guess my Google-fu isn't as strong as I thought and I need to go back to the NSS page and dig a little deeper. (No pun intended.) I have a gut-feeling who is/was 1150, but if my guess is correct, both of the two "suspects" are deceased and thus won't show up in member manual.