Niagara Gazette — Every house has its own stories. Michelle Kratz helps people discover what those stories are.
As a genealogist at the Lewiston Library, she knows where the answers might lie, what records to check, which books to read and what questions to ask.
But there’s a very interesting detail most of the people who look for her research help in the library are asking about.”It’s inevitable,” she said, “when people come in here asking, ‘Can you tell me the history of my house?’ 90 percent of the time, they want to know because they believe their house is haunted.”
Kratts, who has a degree in English and History from Niagara University, and who is certified in genealogy from the University of Toronto, says that people seek her out looking for answers about noises they hear and images they see in their homes.
“I have people come here in tears, emailing me, texting me in the middle of the night, saying ‘I don’t know what to do …’ “
“Its unbelievable,” she added. “Some of them want to get rid of the spirits, some of them want to understand what’s going on. I think too they want someone to believe them and not think they’re crazy.”
Case in point, a woman on Saunders Settlement Road started hearing noises and seeing images in her home after bringing home some items from a German household. The disembodied voices were speaking in German. She saw faint images of people, and her bed would shake just about the same time nearly every night. Her skeptical husband, pulling out of the driveway one day, saw a man, all dressed in red, heading towards the house. He felt compelled to call his wife and warn her not to answer the door. When the husband came back, no sign of the man could be found.