Research Resources

Most paranormal investigations teams have a researcher. This is considered good practice and a researcher who knows what they are doing is a valuable asset to the team. Having a ‘sensitive’ or ‘psychic’ on your team who can come up with possible names of those who might be haunting a location is great. But if you do not have an experienced and knowledgeable researcher on your team all the names in the world will mean nothing. It is of utmost importance to have someone on the team who knows how and where to look to verify any information gathered at an investigation.

Some teams only require that their researcher verify names and possibly dates, while other teams prefer more in-depth research, such as genealogies, census records, old newspaper accounts, property deeds, vital records of births, marriages and deaths, etc… Basically any type of documentation that provides a full and thorough history of a location and the people who occupied it.

Whichever amount of research you require it is always good to have some beneficial links easily available. I will continue to add helpful links to this section as time permits.


Links for United States Researchers
Family Search Internet Civil War Soldiers and Sailors
Native American Databases Pennsylvania Online Archives
Census Finder – Free Census Records Sheriffs of the Past
Old Prison and Jail Records Ellis Island Immigrant Records
Castle Garden Immigration Records Obituary Search Engines
Social Security Death Index Cemetery Records and Burials
Godfrey Memorial Library Arizona Gravestones
GenealogyBank  Chronicling America


Links for UK & Ireland Researchers
covers England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
Old Bailey Online – Criminal Records FindMyPast – small fee, but worth it
Archives Hub – Location of Records FreeCensus
A2A – Access to Archives FreeBMD
Researching Historic Buildings FreeReg
GENUKI Church Database The Trafalgar Roll
Parish Churches Internet Library of Early Journals
Digital Library of Historic Directories Workhouse History
1881 Census List of Executions – 1606 and onwards
1901 Census – small fee History in Deed
Early 18th Century Newspaper Reports The Complete Newgate Calendar
Hidden Lives Revealed Church Plans Online
British Mining Database Land Registry Online
Domesday Book Online Old Maps UK
Keys to the Past British History Online
Castle Garden Immigration Records Medieval Names Archive
Ulster Covenant Scotland’s People – Archives
Burke’s Peerage and Gentry Plague Epidemics in England
Archaic Medical Terms More Archaic Medical Terms
Old Trades and Occupations History of Nursing and Midwifery
Doctor’s and Surgeon’s Records The Scottish Gypsies
Irish Origins Ancestry Ireland
DiCamillo Companion – Houses Database