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Ghost hunting isn’t a modern activity; one of the first ghost hunters was Joseph Glanvill. As the chaplain of Charles II in the late 1600s, Glanvill investigated the paranormal, especially ghostly activity in the British Isles. His most famous case was the Drummer of Tedworth and he published his results in “Saducismus Triumphatus” in 1681.

Another investigator of ghosts was philosopher and bookseller, Friedrich Nicolai. His interest in the paranormal began after he suffered from visions of deceased people. He began to investigate and try to find a cure for the condition. In 1799, he presented “Memoir on the Appearance of Spectres or Phantoms Occasioned by Disease” the book not only included various experiences with the paranormal but also the view that it could be cured by the application of leeches.

It took nearly a hundred years for the paranormal to have a real investigation group. Originally called the Ghost Society, the Society for Psychical Research was established in 1882 to examine alleged paranormal phenomena. The society was founded by a distinguished group of scholars and continues to investigate the paranormal in a scientific and unbiased way.

Now you can check out these real-life ghost hunters! They aren't the type of hunters Supernatural fans are familiar with, but they do track down the supernatural! For ghost-hunting gear, check out Ghost-Mart and for ghost hunting guides and locations and more, click here!

Sci-fi's Ghost Hunters TAPS Website

Discovery Channel's Ghosthunters

Ohio Ghost Hunters

West Virginia Ghost Hunters

International Ghost Hunters Society

National Ghost Hunters

Ghost Chasers International

Lousville Ghost Hunters

Missouri Ghost Hunters

Philadelphia Ghost Hunters Alliance

Florida Ghost Hunters

New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society

Memphis Ghost Hunters

North America Ghost Hunters

San Diego Ghost Hunters

Tennessee Ghost Hunters

Central New York Ghost Hunters

SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society

Indy Ghost Hunters

Southern California Ghost Hunters Society

Syracuse Ghost Hunters

Will County Ghost Hunters Society

Illinois Ghost Hunters

West Michigan Ghost Hunters Society

Southern California Ghost Hunters

Arizona Desert Ghost Hunters

GHG Ghost Hunters: North West Florida Paranormal Research

Massilion Ghost Hunters Society: Massilion, Ohio

Seattle Ghost Hunters

Clarksville Ghost Hunters

South Texas Ghost Hunters Alliance

Delaware Ghost Hunters

Paranormal Society of Pennsylvania

Beaver County Ghost Hunters