Author & Researcher

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Pennsylvania Genealogical & Historical Research

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Stephanie Hoover is an author and historical and genealogical researcher.

She has been retained by NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, Canada's Ancestors in the Attic, and series producers for The Travel Channel. She also conducted archival research for a SyFy Channel special on the Kecksburg, PA UFO incident.

Stephanie was the first genealogist to work with the owners of Philadelphia's historic Greenwood Cemetery to evaluate the historical scope and significance of its burials in advance of a massive renovation project.

Her research was recognized in an article in North South Trader's Civil War, and she provided background for a biography on business magnate Charles J. Harrah.

Stephanie has been interviewed by several publications for "how to" articles on genealogy research.

She was invited to join's ExpertConnect program providing genealogical research for family history clients around the world. At the closure of that program Stephanie enjoyed a 5-star rating.

A trained paralegal, she formerly served as mid-Atlantic regional manager of court records research for one of the largest information brokers in the nation.

Stephanie has conducted on-site research from New England to Georgia and is experienced with all historical and genealogical repositories including the National Archives, Library of Congress, state-level archives and libraries, county court houses, and historical and genealogical societies.

In addition to her research expertise, Stephanie is a published author with bylines in national, regional, and local publications.  Her historical non-fiction books The Killing of John Sharpless [The History Press, April 2013] and Philadelphia Spiritualism and the Curious Case of Katie King [The History Press, September 2013] are available from the publisher’s web site and all major book retailers. The Kelayres Massacre: Politics & Murder in Pennsylvania’s Coal Country is scheduled for 2014 release. For more information please visit

Stephanie believes strongly in giving back to her own industry.  One means is by offering organizations free exposure in the Directory of Pennsylvania Historical & Genealogical Societies. The other is by inviting societies to contribute stories to Hauntingly PENNSYLVANIA™ where Stephanie researches, preserves and writes about Pennsylvania ghost lore and legends.  (See the Greene County Historical Society, Pike County Historical Society and Emmaus Historical Society stories as examples.)  If your society would like to submit a story to Hauntingly PENNSYLVANIA™, please use the “contact” page.


Please Note... Due to Stephanie’s writing commitments she will be taking limited research assignments in 2014. Please allow at least two weeks for responses to emails and messages submitted via this site.