If you’re ghost hunting in haunted cemeteries, this mindmap may help you remember the key ingredients in a successful cemetery investigation. I wrote it to accompany my original haunted cemeteries book, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries.
That book — now out of print — explained the ins and outs of evaluating and investigating cemeteries that might be haunted.
However, the mindmap can be useful on its own. Well… maybe.
You don’t have to read the book to use the mindmap, but it may help… a lot. (Experienced ghost hunters will get the most from this mindmap.)
This is a one-and-a-half page handout from one of my Dragon Con presentations about ghost hunting. In it, I highlighted some key events that contributed to ghost hunting and research as we know it in the early 21st century.
This isn’t a complete listing, but it’s a good starting point for anyone who’d like to track the history of ghost hunting and how beliefs have informed today’s investigations and views of the spirit world.
Frankly, I have mixed feelings about this four-page report. It’s an idea I had — and successfully tested — in 2009, but it can be rude or even risky, depending on the setting and how you use it.
It all started when I unintentionally annoyed the ghost of a stern, early American minister. Though that ghost was usually silent, I irritated him enough that he spoke through a couple of trance mediums. He also sent messages through a few investigators who don’t usually “hear” voices at haunted sites.
Unfortunately, since the ghost was known for his energy and — until that investigation — hadn’t manifested with anything vocal, no one was prepared to record EVP. It was an extraordinary opportunity, and we missed it because we didn’t bring enough equipment.
Nevertheless, that experience was an “ah-HA!” moment and sparked a series of articles about ghosts, their cultural contexts, and how to use (or deliberately overlook) manners and etiquette to evoke a response.
The problem is, this technique involves religion. While I can see some situations where it’s not only appropriate but it may be helpful… in some settings it could be dangerous. I don’t mean simply scary, but actually risky for anyone present, especially those who aren’t shielded or prepared for malicious entities.
I’m not likely to use this approach in the future. I think it’s unnecessary in all but the most urgent (but clearly non-malicious) settings.
So, with that warning, here’s the link to my four-page article featuring two ways to use this kind of technique.
Most ghost hunting events and tours are well organized. Guests can show up and expect a thrilling paranormal adventure.
Many paranormal event speakers and investigation leaders are professionals. They can make any event into a great, memorable experience.
However, things can go awry now and then. If you’re prepared, you can turn any ghost hunting event into something fascinating.
In this free, two page report (plus a checklist), you’ll learn the key ingredients for a successful ghost hunting event. You’ll know what to look for and what to expect, whether it’s a three-hour investigation or a weekend journey into paranormal realms.
With information like this, you’ll be prepared. You get the most from a great event, and if things don’t go as planned, you can still have a ghostly experience.
When we think about ghosts and hauntings, we usually assume something tragic happened. However, what’s “tragic” today might be very different from tragedies of the past. For example, in 1850, life expectancy in the United States was 39 1/2 years. So, if someone lived to age 50, people of the mid-19th century might think he or she had lived a good, long, full life.
These are the kinds of issues ghost hunters need to understand in an historical context. It’s one of the best ways to maintain perspective and credibility.
I’ve written a three-page report about this topic. In it, I share essential points to help you understand ghosts and their stories. I’ve also suggested resources to make your research easier.
This is a free report (PDF) released with a Creative Commons license. You can copy it to share it with your team members and others.
Also, if you have specific historical questions about resources or events in past eras, ask them in comments below this article.
Some famous haunted locations are better than others. Some famous ghosts are real… and others aren’t.
If you research your investigation sites — and their ghosts — before you do your on-site research, you can save time and avoid disappointments.
The evaluation process is simple once you get used to it. I’ve updated my free “Evaluating Famous Haunts” report and worksheet. Both are issued under a Creative Commons license so you can copy and share the report and worksheet with others.
In the three-page report (PDF), you’ll learn the basic steps I take before investigating any famous or well-known haunted site. If you want to be sure that a location is worth visiting — and may have ghosts — these steps can help.
This book will be most interesting to two very different kinds of readers.
Beginners will learn how to find local haunted cemeteries that are free (and legal) to visit. New ghost hunters will discover the tips & tricks that professionals use to find the most haunted cemeteries — and the ghosts in them — quickly and easily. This book is a quick course in ghost hunting at haunted cemeteries, taking readers from absolute beginner to confident researcher in a short amount of time.
Professionals will discover Fiona’s best-kept secrets to identifying the most active, haunted cemeteries and the “hot spots” in them. Ms. Broome shares tips to locate “sinners’” graves at church and community cemeteries. She also explains two fast & easy ways to find some of the most active graves as soon as you walk through the cemetery gates. Whether you’re conducting your own research, training a team, or conducting a ghost-related event, you’ll find useful tips and tricks in this book.
This book is now out of print. (A new, related book series is in progress.) Used copies of earlier editions may be available at Amazon.com – Amazon.co.uk – and other Amazon booksellers.
Many of us live very busy lives. Sometimes, we don’t realize the feelings — physical and emotional — we bring with us when we arrive at an investigation site.
It’s routine to conduct a baseline check of the site.
Take that concept a step further. Run a baseline check of yourself, so you know what’s normal for you before you begin the investigation.
Download this free set of instructions plus a worksheet, and share it with your team. You’ll find it very helpful, especially in profoundly haunted sites, and on days (or nights) when you’ve been especially busy or stressed.