Paranormal Investigations and Ghost Hunting


What are Paranormal Investigations?

Paranormal investigations involve the evaluation of paranormal phenomena such as ghosts, demons, Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), etc. This type of investigation work is most commonly associated with ghost hunting, which has been fueled by numerous television shows and movies featuring the process. Ghost hunting is a phrase used by paranormal enthusiasts to describe the process of investigating an alleged haunting.

The word paranormal comes from the words “para” meaning beyond, and normal. So, the term really means something that is beyond the normal scope of science or beyond a scientific explanation.

Although these investigations often use scientific methods in their research, most of the scientific community does not regard it as science. This is due to the supernatural phenomenon and a lack of authentic supporting evidence. 

Who Performs Paranormal Investigations?

Typically, a small investigation team, or a hunting party, works as a group to collect evidence of unexplained activity. Team members perform various duties related to their particular field of expertise or interest. 

Ghost hunters observe and record data using a variety of electronic gadgets, such as; EMF Meters, digital thermometers, infrared and night vision cameras, handheld video cameras, digital audio recorders, and computers.

Some ghost-hunting teams make use of non-conventional methods in their investigations by incorporating a psychic or medium into their group.  However, this practice is controversial among paranormal research organizations that seek primarily to acquire empirical evidence.

If you would like to buy equipment, visit our Investigation Equipment section.

To hire a private investigator that specializes in paranormal investigations and/or ghost hunting, please visit our Private Investigator Directory.

Reference Books

Paranormal Investigations: The Proper Procedures and Protocols of Investigation for the Beginner to the Pro

In this book, the author Chad Stambaugh discusses the process of trying to find evidence to prove that ghosts are real. Chad explains how to operate the equipment used during the investigation process. For example, cameras, camcorders, voice recorders, digital video recorders, EMF detectors, dowsing rods, pendulums, and more. The book also provides guidance on conducting inquiries, dealing with clients, and how documenting the results. The book is available on

Investigation Service Providers

For more information, visit the following websites:

  • Paranormal Activity Investigators – Paranormal Activity Investigators have been investigating ghost stories, urban legends, sightings, and more since 2003. Visit their website to view a chronological history of some of their investigations. View location photos and read investigation notes to learn more about their approach, processes, and results.
  • Paranormal Investigations of Texas – is an upbeat magazine-style site that covers topics such as paranormal topics as EVP, ghosts, UFOs, and more
  • Paranormal Investigation of NYC – Company that provides paranormal investigation and parapsychology research in the NYC area. We provide our services at no charge.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about paranormal investigations or ghost hunting, please post a comment below.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at



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