Kathi Kresol has been researching Rockford’s History for the past ten years. She shares the fascinating stories she uncovers through her business Haunted Rockford Events, during the haunted history tours she organizes, and with history stories on this website.  Kathi also publishes history stories in her column ‘Voices from the Grave’ in the Rock River Times.  The ‘Voices from the Grave’ stories can also be read on the Rock River Times website.

Kathi’s obsession is history and she loves the opportunity to share this passion through the stories she collects. She gives all the credit for her researching skills to the Rockford Public Library’s goddesses of Local History, Jean Lythgoe and Jan Carter.

Kathi has worked at the Rockford Public Library for years and loves sharing her enthusiasm for reading any way possible. She started teaching history using ghost stories when she homeschooled her children. Kathi loved the research and the ghost stories so much, she wanted to share them with the Rockford Community. She found the perfect solution in forming Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours. It has allowed her to work with some great people from all over Illinois and Wisconsin. Kathi feels honored that she can share the stories of the men, women, and children who settled Rockford and gave so much to create such a rich history.

Kathi’s main inspiration comes from her four remarkable children and “the guy who brings her coffee”, John. They all support her by allowing her to drag them to historical places, listening to the stories, helping her “look for dead guys”, and putting up with her absences when she disappears to research or write.




Rockford Buzz, an online source of all things Rockford, published an interview with Kathi Kresol on October 31, 2018.

“To uncover what makes local organizations tick , you must go back to their founder. Kathi Kresol is Haunted Rockford. She is the heart of the organization, and everything you see comes from her brain and her passion. 
When I got to sit down with Kathi to discuss how Haunted Rockford came to be, she seemed to have an endless supply of stories to tell. Honestly, I could have sat there all day and listened to everything she had to say. The way she tells these stories with respect to the folks who have passed is admirable. They aren’t just things for her to tell and forget, each one stays with her and you can hear in her delivery that she truly cares. Whether they died of natural causes or were victim to terrible circumstance, it doesn’t change her demeanor. She wants to tell their stories and it allows them to live on. “


Below, watch the two-part interview of Author Kathi Kresol, done by Michael Kleen, Rockford Author and Publisher in September, 2017.

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 Contact Kathi

Email:      kathi@hauntedrockford.com