Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Novelising Intrigues in Genealogy: The Journey and Process of Writing Genealogical Crime Mystery Stories

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. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A-session at the end of his presentation.


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.