posted on May, 3 2013 @ 04:54 AM
I'm a member of a paranormal investigative team and do almost all of the historical research needed when working on a case. I'd like to offer a few
tips and hope that you might find them of some use.
First, a number of posters have said "Don't investigate alone." Good advice, and it doesnt necessarily relate to whether you subscribe to the
possibility of paranormal activity or not, and the idea of 'opening' yourself up to a supernatural 'attack'.
On the practical side, no matter how well you know your house, there is always a physical safety issue. Moving around in the dark can invite bumps,
bruises, and scrapes, or worse. A misplaced foot in an attic could mean a sprained or broken ankle or a huge plaster repair in the living room ceiling
if you plunge through. Imagine trying to explain to the responding EMTs why half of you is in the attic and the rest of you is dangling four feet
above the washer.
Another good reason to have at least one other person with you is for confirmation purposes. Despite all the tech gadgetry my team uses most of the
activity we've encountered has been confirmed through the five senses. Did we really hear that faint tap? See that shadow? Smell that whiff of
perfume? The presence of another can help rule out potential tricks of the mind, and provide reassurance, aid, or just the comfort of not being alone
if things do get squirrelly.
Second, as others have suggested, rule out the existing possibilities before moving onto the supernatural as a cause. Check your home inside and out,
top to bottom, every accessible nook and cranny. Are the sounds being heard caused by shrubbery scraping the siding? Loose shingles? Hammering water
pipes? Torn or damaged ductwork? A family of mice in the walls? Nesting birds in the chimney or attic? An opossum looking for a winter home in the
What materials were used in your home's construction? Floors, walls, ceilings, foundation? Basement, crawl space, slab? Where do the plumbing, HVAC,
electrical run? Familiarize yourself with the properties of each material and how it responds to the 'normal' climate in your area. Extreme
temperatures can wreak havoc on wood, concrete, metal, sheet rock causing noises.
Third, while you're gearing up for your hunt, begin keeping a diary of events. It needn't be elaborate, but take note of date, time, place,
occurrence, who experienced it, and the conditions when it occurred, both personal and climate-wise. See if there's a pattern to the activity....if
it ramps up when it's rainy or windy, when your wife or friend is having a stressful day, or right before bed when sleepy, at 9 pm when the neighbor
gets home from work and his car lights shine through a window, every Tuesday morning at 11:32, etc. Check out neighbor traffic patterns and volume.
Can shadows be recreated by reflected headlights? Is the thudding just a local kid riding by with bass woofers maxed out?
Fourth, it sounds like you've already discovered some interesting stuff historically about the area you live in. Follow up on those items through the
local library or historical association. You'll find newspaper archives and other useful info galore. For a specific search on your property, unless
the county you live in is one of the rare few that haven't digitized their property records, you can do a deed search online. Depending on how
extensive the records available, you can easily go back 20 - 200 years without a trip to the courthouse.
Deed search backwards. Start with yourself, then who sold it to you, then who sold it to them, etc. Keep a pen and paper handy for writing down deed
book and page numbers, tax map reference numbers, plat books and parcel numbers. That way if you do hit a road block and need a trip to the
courthouse, you have info in hand to refer to and which helps the clerks aid you in your search without starting from the top. It also helps put you
in their good graces if they don't have to spend all day digging through a stack of dusty old deed books
Finally, it never hurts to err on the side of caution. What ever faith you do or don't subscribe to, a protective prayer before launch never hurts.
My team uses one to St. Michael. Also, on the first go-round, despite what another poster suggested, I agree with you about not having your wife
present. Since she is one of the primary parties experiencing the activity, her reactions and judgement may be skewed to a point that may have a
negative impact on your investigation or escalate further events. You don't want her leary of the house any more than she is, nor do you want to ramp
If you change your mind and want a "pro" team to check it out instead, don't be afraid to contact the paranormal groups in your area. Reputable
teams will come in free of charge, and good ones are happy to provide references and affiliations. Mine does.
Sorry for being so long-winded, but hope you find these pointers of some use, and do let us know how things go!