Nathan Dylan Goodwin is a writer, genealogist and educator. Having been a genealogist since a young age and with a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing, Nathan has been writing genealogical crime mystery books since 2014. He has spoken at several international genealogical events about his work, combining genealogy with writing.
Nathan Dylan Goodwin is a writer, genealogist and educator. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, Film and Television Studies, Nathan undertook a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has been agenealogist since a very young age and has written articles for local and national family history journals and magazines. He is a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Society of Genealogists, as well as being a member of several local and regional genealogical societies.
Since 2014, after working as a primary school teacher for a number of years, Nathan has been working as a full-time author, predominantly writing the Forensic Genealogist series, featuring the esteemed main character, Morton Farrier, who tries to solve a past mystery using genealogical methodology. A member of the Society of Authors, Nathan has also completed a number of successful local history books about the Hastings area. He has spoken at several international genealogical events about his work, combining genealogy with writing. Other interests include reading, photography, running, skiing, travelling and of course, genealogy. He lives in Kent with his husband, son and dog.
This lecture will focus on the real-life account of how genealogist and writer, Nathan Dylan Goodwin worked to try and uncover the truth about his grandmother’s wartime romance; a romance which led to the birth of an illegitimate child, who was then adopted soon after her birth. Nathan will discuss each step of the complex process and methodology behind his research to identify that child’s biological father, sifting through official documents and revealing long-hidden family secrets. He will explain the range of genealogical methodology approaches, archives and services exploited, including DNA-testing, which assisted and ultimately confirmed this three-year search's discoveries.
Following an introduction as to how he came to be writing genealogical crime mystery books, Nathan will explore the actual process of writing. Using books from his genealogical crime mystery series as a basis for case studies, Nathan will talk about the progression from development of the initial idea, explore the real genealogical research methodology involved, through to the writing of the novel. Nathan will also discuss the issues and problems of combining the use of such authentic genealogical methodology and research methods with fiction-writing.
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