Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Finding Henry: The search for the father of an illegitimate wartime child

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.


Nathan Dylan Goodwin was born and raised in Hastings, East Sussex. Schooled in the town, he then completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, Film and Television Studies, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Nathan has been a genealogist 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 the Sussex Family History Group, the Norfolk Family History Society, the Kent Family History Society and the Hastings and Rother Family History Society.

Since 2014, after working as a primary school teacher for a number of years, he 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 genealogy. A member of the Society of Authors, Nathan has also completed a number of successful local history books about the Hastings area. Other interests include reading, photography, running, skiing, travelling and of course, genealogy. He lives in Kent with his husband, son and dog.