You can download Fiona’s own worksheet for evaluating haunted cemeteries.
It’s free, and you can copy it (without changes) for your own use or for your team, as much as you like.
In her book, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries, Fiona explains how to use the worksheet. However, most experienced ghost hunters will be able to use the worksheet right away. (The worksheet includes a sheet of basic instructions.)
Complete the basic information before leaving for your investigation.
During the investigation, fill in details about things you notice there, such as unmarked graves and famous graves.
Use this worksheet to record things that you observe and your team mentions, including “gut feelings” about the cemetery.
After the investigation, complete the form as you decide if the cemetery is genuinely haunted, and if it’s worth additional research.
Before you visit a haunted cemetery, learn everything you can about its history, the graves in it (and outside it), and nearby landmarks. That can mean the difference between a thrilling investigation and one that’s simply ho-hum.
Uncover information about the oldest and most famous graves in the cemetery. Power can be an important factor behind some hauntings, and the oldest graves may have the most interesting ghosts.
Discover which entrance to the cemetery is most popular. If you’ve read my haunted cemeteries book, you’ll also know which corner of the cemetery may be most haunted.
Look for information about nearby, lesser-known cemeteries. Their ghosts may be waiting for you!
Learn where to park. As cemeteries expand and need more land, parking areas can become plots. Don’t waste time driving around, looking for a place for your car. If you’ve checked the latest information for that cemetery, you’ll know where the best parking spots are.
You’ll learn these kinds of tips and more in my free, updated, three-page guide, and you’ll print the free worksheet to make your pre-investigation research simpler.
If you’re looking for my free, 2013 edition of Is Your House Haunted?, it was available through The Authors Club.
As of early 2016, that site seems to be in redesign. (See TheAuthorsClub.net, in case the site is back in business.)
As soon as the new edition is available — both in free and extended editions — I’ll share the download links here and at my Fiona Broome author website.
When Jason Hawes launched The Authors Club — and included the free version of my book — here’s what I’d said:
Have you ever wondered what goes on at a possibly haunted home before the TV cameras start filming?
This book takes you through some of the important steps. It’s sort of “the investigation before the investigation you see on TV.”
You can download the 2013 edition in either ePub or PDF format, completely free. Just go to The Authors Club, click on the book link, and select which format you’d like to download. Registration is free at the site, and so is my book.
This book will also be available in print, at Amazon.com. The printed book is 140 pages long.
I’m working on a second update to this book — expected before the end of 2016 — as well as a much larger edition for professionals, in digital and print formats.
Here’s the book description:
Is Your House Haunted? Tips for anyone living in — or investigating — a house that might be haunted.
Written by Fiona Broome, founder of HollowHill.com and Ghosts101.com
If you’ve wondered if your home is haunted, this book will help you find answers… and — in most cases — explain what to do about them.
You’ll discover the leading, normal reasons why some houses seem haunted. You’ll also find out why at least 80% of “haunted” houses don’t have ghosts, and what to do if your home really is haunted.
Based on over 30 years’ research in haunted homes and businesses throughout the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, and Canada, author and paranormal investigator Fiona Broome will show you…
What you can investigate on your own, easily.
What to do — and what not to do — if your house is haunted.
When to call an expert, and what to ask them.
How to protect yourself and your family from real and hidden dangers in your (possibly) haunted home.
If your home might be haunted, it’s important to act quickly. This book explains what to do, step-by-step, right now.
Halloween can be a whirlwind for many ghost hunters. Events, parties, investigations… and then the big night itself. Are you ready?
Ideally, Halloween research plans are prepared far ahead of Halloween night. However, even if you’ve been too busy, it’s not too late to organize your Halloween plans for ghost hunting success.
To help you, I’m sharing my own Halloween checklist. I’ve used some variation of this, every year for the past dozen or so years. I hope it’s useful and helps you make the most of Halloween ghost hunting opportunities.
Every day can be a fresh opportunity for discovering ghosts and haunted places. You don’t need to wait for a special event, or find the perfect haunted location in some out-of-the-way place. You may pass by haunted sites every day, and not realize it.
That little park near your home, office, or school… why is it there, instead of somewhere else? Was there a specific reason it wasn’t used as a building site?
When you’re downtown, what about historical plaques and markers? People pass them daily, and don’t even realize they’re there. Many tell stories that could suggest a haunting.
In quiet, downtown Tilton, NH, a plain white apartment building was once a hotel, and welcomed famous guests like Edison, Ford, and Firestone. It had also been a rooming house for factory workers. Though I found no ghost stories there, I wondered what other, unassuming sites might have equally colorful histories and have ghosts.
Researching a midwest site, I discovered a noted Native American mound that had been reduced to a very small pile of dirt. The rest of it had been used to fill nearby gardens and roadways. Does it harbor residual energy, or even spirits that protect what’s left of it? I’m not sure, but it’s the kind of site you might walk or drive past daily, and not think about as a potential haunt.
In this report — and the accompanying mindmap — I share tips for including ghost hunting in your everyday routines.
Ley lines are very visual ways to prepare for paranormal investigations.
So, it makes sense to put this information in a visual format: a mindmap. I’ve prepared it as a graphic (JPG) so you can print it for reference.
On the other hand, if you’re not familiar with my book, Ley Lines for Ghost Hunters, this chart may not make sense. (Or, it might be the overview you need.)
This printable chart identifies some of the key steps in successfully preparing a ley lines map to use for ghost hunting. It includes a few points not in the book, and omits some points that are in the book. (This is why, as of early 2016, a new edition is planned.)
It’s not a full survey of ley lines and ley line construction, but — for ghost hunters — it’s a good overview if you are a visual learner. (I am, which is why I steadily use mindmaps in my work.)
When you’re ghost hunting and you suddenly feel uncomfortable, ill, or emotional, are you sure that it’s something paranormal?
A simple, pre-investigation baseline check — and routine checks during the investigation — can help you evaluate what’s going on.
That’s why I’ve recorded a short podcast, created a transcript you can print, plus a worksheet of emotions. Use them yourself. And, if you can, please do share them with your team and students.
The podcast provides an overview. The instruction sheet includes most of that information, too. The worksheet can be carried with you, so — at a glance — you can tell how you feel before the investigation. Then, during the investigation, it’s easy to check for (and identify) possible paranormal influences on your emotions.
Note: The podcast will return soon. It’s being updated and re-recorded.
The accompanying instruction sheet (an edited transcript of the podcast) and worksheet will help you identify how you feel, and how important it is. If you know what’s normal for you — usually and on that particular day — you’ll more quickly and objectively spot paranormal and ghostly influences, before they become an issue.
The chart (that’s a small version, on the right) can help you evaluate external emotions — perhaps coming from a ghost — as well. That’s vital for sensitives, psychics, and mediums. Knowing what’s you and what’s not you… that helps you establish boundaries.
Please print copies to share with your team members. This approach may not be right for everyone, but when it’s useful… it’s really useful.
In popular use, a pendulum usually refers to any weighted object that can swing back and forth.
You’ve probably seen pendulums (or pendula) on old clocks. The pendulum is the round thing below the face of the clock, and the pendulum swings back and forth, rhythmically, keeping time.
If you pause the pendulum, the clock stops working.
In ghost hunting, a pendulum is usually a small, heavy object — like a stone, a crystal, or even a piece of metal — suspended from a cord, ribbon, or chain. A necklace can be ideal for this.
Some pendulums are highly decorative. Some of them have been blessed. Each one is unique and will respond differently.
A person — usually a psychic or a medium — holds the cord, ribbon, or chain so the heavy object can swing freely. Then, that person asks a question. The movement of the pendulum determines the answer.
Most of my pendulums come from Sean Paradis‘ company, Sleeping Meadows. In my tests, the ones he makes have been the most responsive, and I own a variety of stones and colors. I use each for a different purpose, usually working with my “gut feeling” about which pendulum the spirit will respond to.
How to use a pendulum
The end of the string is held between the forefinger and thumb so that the object can swing freely. You can pinch the cord or chain at the very top, with your hand at an angle so your fingers are out of the way.
Or, you can drape the cord or chain over the middle of your index finger, and keep it from slipping by applying gentle pressure from your thumb onto the cord or chain, against your finger.
If you’d just like to experiment with this, you can make your own pendulum by tying any heavy bead or small pendant to a string or cord. The string should be about ten inches long.
You should be able to decide if pendulums work for you (they won’t work well for everyone) and if you like them.
Some people are naturally gifted at pendulum use. This seems to have no connection with whether they’re believers or skeptics.
Some people can use pendulums, but they internalize the energy. That’s not a good idea. If you can’t remain completely separate from the pendulum you’re using, stop immediately. Do not allow outside energy to be channeled through your body to the pendulum. (And, if you can’t tell the difference, don’t use a pendulum. The risks are too great.)
If you decide that a pendulum is right for you, I recommend professionally crafted pendulums. You’re likely to get better results. However, try a homemade pendulum or two, before investing in a professional-grade pendulum.
Next, you should try some baseline readings. It’s important to verify these every time you use the pendulum.
Start with the pendulum entirely still. Ask it a question with a yes or no answer that you already know.
Note the way that the pendulum swings in response. It may swing from side to side or from front to back. Or, it may swing in a clockwise or counter-clockwise manner.
Now, ask another question with a different yes or no answer. Compare the results.
Repeat this several times until a clear pattern is established. (If no pattern emerges, you may need to use other divinatory tools. Pendulums don’t work for everyone, and it has no bearing on the person’s psychic abilities.)
In haunted sites, you can ask, “Is this room haunted?” or a similar question. The more active the pendulum movement, the stronger the spiritual energy is at that site.
Even in the hands of a skeptic, we’ve seen a pendulum swing so wildly, the weight snapped off a new chain and flew across the room.
I’ve created two different charts for use with your pendulum. To use either of them, hold the string so that the tip of the pendulum is about two inches above the center “dot” at the bottom of the half-circle. Then, ask your question.
One chart is designed for simple, yes/no questions. You can draw this on a sheet of paper, and use it yourself. The pendulum should favor one direction/answer more than any other. If it doesn’t rephrase your question, or take a break and return to this later. (Click on the image to download a printable JPG of this chart for your own use.)
The next kind of chart can be used to ask anything with numbers, such as the ghosts age when he or she left physical form. (Or, if the ghost believes that he or she is still alive, ask what year it is now.)
You can create your own charts on paper, providing many other kinds of answers, too. They could include letters of the alphabet, people’s names, places, or things specific to the life of the ghost you’re contacting.
No matter which chart you use, if the pendulum swings towards you, off the chart, try rephrasing your question. Or, the ghost may want you to answer the question for yourself, first, and then have spirit confirm it with a yes or a no.
If you are adept with a pendulum, I recommend professional pendulums designed for ghost hunters and psychic mediums, such as those from Sleeping Meadows.
Try one at first, to see how it works for you. If you did just as well (or better) with your homemade pendulums, keep using your homemade tools.
Some people achieve remarkable results with pendulums. Others don’t. It’s not a measure of how good you are at ghost hunting or communicating with spirits. It’s more like singing or running… different people have different talents. Someone who can play the violin may be perfectly awful at the piano.
However, one of the great things about pendulums, besides their simplicity, is that you can try this on your own without spending a cent.
Every day, people write to me about their haunted houses. They want to know if they have ghosts or demons, or if they’re in danger.
I’m not at the house each of them is describing. I can’t diagnose the situation, no matter how clear the descriptions, photos and EVPs.
The only person who can tell what’s really going on is someone right there. (If anyone at a forum or website tells you differently, stay away from them.)
Anyone with a possibly haunted house can get help, right away, without spending a cent.
My free book and checklist can help them (and you) find an answer… usually within a short amount of time. To be sure that people know about these free resources, here are the links again:
Free ebook – Is Your House Haunted?
My classic how-to guide, Is Your House Haunted?, was free at the Author Club. Last time I checked (Feb 2016), that site was being revised. As soon as I hear that it’s back and you can download my book (and other ghost-related books) at Jason’s site, I’ll post the link here.
As far as I know, the old version of the book can be downloaded at any one of the following links. (If any link stops working, please use the Contact form to let me know.)
In the coming months, I’ll be replacing all book files with the 2016 edition, which I’m currently working on. It includes many changes from the original, which was written when we knew less about what can cause disturbances in your home.