How to find active places?
Well, firstly you could put an advert in a newspaper or magazine asking for people who have experienced unusual things in their homes or who know of
buildings that may be haunted. Once you have some info, contact the people and ask if they are willing to allow an investigation. You could also put
in your advert that you are looking for likeminded people to join you.
Go to your local library, look up old stories of ghostly activity. Visit the locations mentioned and try to get a feel for the places.
Use the internet to scour for news reports and, again, old stories.
Visit tourist attractions such as castles, mansions landmarks etc. Ask the staff there if they have any experiences, if so, then contact the
management to politley ask for permission to investigate.
Do private investigations. This means that anyone who requires help in understanding what's going on in their homes could be assisted by 'your
team' to study any evidence you can capture. Such cases can be a good start to getting your team known in the area.
As for kit, start with the very basics.
This will include a torch (for those moments where you may get lost or health and safety require vision.
A digital recorder to record possible EVP's.
A K2 meter or Gauss master to find electromagnetic fields.
A video camera with IR capability, Zero lux preffered.
These items can be obtained cheaply and easily, especially on sites such as ebay.
Another source you may not have considred is battlefields. Places where a conflict has occured can retain much activity. Some areas of land can be
largely made up of granite rock, which is believed to be able to retain certain energies and 'play them back', which then get mistaken for ghosts.
It is called the 'stone tape theory'. Many buildings are made of granite too, and these often have stories of the same ghost walking down the
corridoor at certain times of year.. commonly known as a residual haunting.
Health and safety is always a must.. so ALWAYS do a fully lit walkthrough of any place you intend to investigate. Know the area before you go in
I am a lead investigator for a paranormal team here in the UK. You will get lots of personal experiences, but that is all they are.. capturing them
with a fancy technical toy is a buzz