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Name:  Ursula Bielski  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Ursula Bielski grew up on Chicago's north side. She still resides in Chicago today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ursula Bielski is the founder of ''Chicago Hauntings, Inc''. A historian, author, and parapsychology enthusiast, she has been writing and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal for nearly 20 years.Ursula's interests in Chicago ghost hunting began at a young age. She grew up in a haunted house on Chicago's north side and received an early education in Chicago history from her father, a Chicago police officer, who introduced Ursula to the ghosts at Graceland Cemetery, Montrose Point and the old lockup at the storied Maxwell Street Police Station. Since that time she has been involved in countless investigations of haunted sites in and around Chicago; Tennessee; Osh Kosh, Wisconsin; New Orleans; Key West, Florida and the Civil War Battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Ursula has also been featured on numerous television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, and PBS. She also appears regularly on local Chicago television and radio and lectures throughout the year. Along with her books listed below, Ursula is also the author of numerous scholarly articles exploring the links between history and the paranormal, including articles published in the International Journal of Parapsychology. She is a graduate of St. Benedict High School in Chicago and has a Bachelor's degree in history from Benedictine University and an a Master's degree in American cultural and intellectual history from Northeastern Illinois University. Her academic explorations include the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology, and the relationships among belief, experience, science, and religion.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Chicago haunts 3 :
ISBN: 1933272155. OCLC Number: 430842483

Thunder Bay Press,. .

Ursula Bielski continues her collection of ghastly ghosts in this third volume of Chicago Haunts.

Chicago haunts :
ISBN: 9781933272139. OCLC Number: 441194049

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Chicago haunts :
ISBN: 0964242672. OCLC Number: 41516222

Lake Claremont Press,. .

Contains over forty stories of ghosts in the city of Chicago; including phantom hitch-hikers; haunted houses, schools, and cemeteries; dealings with the Devil; and tragedy victims.

Creepy Chicago :
ISBN: 9781933272283. OCLC Number: 690084459

Thunder Bay Press,. .

Offers nineteen true tales of Chicago's most famous ghostly sites, including Horace Greeley Elementary School, Montrose Point, and Graceland Cemetary.

Creepy Chicago :
ISBN: 1893121151. OCLC Number: 53088815

Lake Claremont Press,. .

Nineteen true tales of Chicago's famous phantoms, haunted history, and unsolved mysteries.

More Chicago haunts :
ISBN: 9781933272146. OCLC Number: 232977055

Thurnder Bay Press,. .

Chicago. A town with a past. A people haunted by its history in more ways than one. A windy city with tales to tell... [The author is] back with more history, more legends, and more hauntings, including the personal scary stories of Chicago Haunts readers. [This book] brings you the Ovaltine factory haunts, the Monster of 63rd Street's castle of terror, phantom blueberry muffins, the ghosts of Wrigley Field, Al Capone's yacht, and 45 other glimpses into the haunted myths and memories of Chicagoland.

More Chicago haunts :
ISBN: 1893121046. OCLC Number: 45279018

Lake Claremont Press,. .

A collection of legends and ghostly stories about hauntings and paranormal phenomena in the city of Chicago.