What is the difference? Both hobbies are trying to accomplish the same thing. They are trying to build a bond between the living and the dead; between the past and the future. Sometimes I think the adversary uses one to focus on evil instead of focusing on messages from our angel ancestors. That's just my opinion.
With searching for Ancestors, I've had a lot of great luck. Learning about different sources, using technology, mingling family lore all together, we've been able to put together some pretty fantastic puzzles, bringing a lot of comfort to those who yearn for a link to the past.
One of the best tools a genealogist can use is findagrave.com - because unlike family lore and "...well, it's true because Grandma told us...", the data is right on the headstone. So why all the rush to gather information off of headstones? Blame it on the elements, acid rain, time, wrong type of stone for the headstone resulting in an disintegration of a monument, something far worse is coming and Genealogists need your help to go to cemeteries and preserve the headstones with digital images. Why? When a cemetery runs out of room, it has been documented that they remove the headstones, and bury the next generation right over the top of them, saving space and making room for the "new" dead. What happens to those headstones? See below!
In 2010 several mud covered white headstones were found stacked in a stream from Arlington Cemetery were awaiting being ground up and recycled. http://www.kltv.com/story/11234835/grave-markers-being-recycled
In Texas, the following discovery was made:
Texas cemetery lets families know before they recycle headstones
However some people make their living recycling headstones and do not see the need to preserve them or restore them. They try to put a positive spin on a genealogist's nightmare. So now you see my ghost hunting nightmare - the necessity of volunteers is great to document the correct birth dates and death dates for our posterity to align their feelings with the ancestors of the past. They can use those dates to look up what was happening in the town at that time, see the clothing worn, what tools they had to work with, and maybe, perhaps not feel so entitled. Maybe they will feel grateful for the sacrifices their forefathers made for their lives.
Some people try to put a positive spin on recycling headstones
So that brings me to reverse-forensic genealogy. A friend had a picture of a family from the early 1900s but had lost track with the family 50 years ago. She wanted me to find someone, a direct descendant to that family so that she could send them a picture of their family. I traced the family back to Philadelphia and, using Ancestry, Facebook, and google, within one hour was able to find a relative who was a descendant. It got me to thinking. I was able to give a family a picture - what If I was able to communicate with a spirit and bring their family a spiritual message?
So just for fun, we planned a trip to the Grand Hotel in Jerome, AZ. This hotel has been written about in books, is talked about on television and youtube. If I had seen this video taken by the travel channel, I may not have gone because, even though I am surrounded by my own ancestors and angels who would never hurt me when I am sleeping, I am not so sure that giving up my free agency in a purportedly haunted hotel is a good thing.
We got some videos and pictures and I put them on our youtube.com site - youtube.com/genealogymama1 or here is the one with the orb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY-4SRZJMEo&feature=youtu.be
This is our Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCofRNHcpvEvsBp9YVQtcI6A
let me know what you think.