I just joined the site about 9 days ago. I have been sitting quietly in the chatroom for the past 4-5 nites. I have yet to actually see anything concerning genealogy being discussed in there! So far, I have read about someone having hundreds of computer viruses, organ transplants, sewing projects, everything under the sun EXCEPT genealogy.
If this is the way this chat is run, I think I'll keep looking for a chat that really DOES talk genealogy.
After seeing you were in PA which is where a line that I am extensively researching originates, I began browsing your posts and saw this comment regarding the paranormal and how you believe that it "isn't genealogy...mysticism, but it's not genealogy!" and felt I should toss in my two cents. I've been doing legal research for thirty years, have an extensive college education, and have also formally studied the paranormal at The Learning Light Institute in Anaheim, CA. In past months, I combined academic and professional knowledge and experience and knowledge acquired over fourteen years of study in new age/paranormal subjects (particularly dowsing and divination when it comes to my genealogical research). I have located the two graves of a 4xggrandfather and grandmother that were to now unknown, acquired dates of birth, death, relationships, and other information that was subsequently confirmed. Before you discount it as a tool, learn about it.
I realize this is beating a dead horse, to quote someone else but your statement that "actual, solid research" precludes any application of the paranormal is wrong. I am a researcher by profession (thirty years in the legal field researching, documenting, and analyzing documents in probate, real estate, etc.) and an academic with an extensive education. My research techniques are impeccable, meticulous, and hands-on, in other words, everything is documented, cited academically, and analyzed in a socioeconomic and historical context with the ultimate goal of publication. On the other hand, as a student of various esoteric subjects including past lives, divination, psychometry, and mediumship, I have learned to use these tools in my work with successful results. When the information is not forthcoming in a conventional means, thinking outside the box, working from having the data in-hand to documentation is a solution. Don't limit yourself with ignorance of different techniques. Study them, apply them, see if they work for you. This is not a "side hobby," but a research skill.