Help, My Ancestor Has Vanished!

One of the commonest problems faced by family historians is that ancestors suddenly vanish from the records often for no seeming reason. This thought-provoking presentation looks at why this might be so.

It discusses three main reasons:

  1. the genealogist might have made a mistake in their research;
  2. there is a problem with the records. Either the clerk made a mistake recording names or the records no longer exist;
  3. the ancestor may have genuinely gone missing, perhaps emigrating overseas or becoming a tramp. 

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share experiences.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society, and we request a donation of £5 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will be emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event.

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  • Simon Fowler
    Simon Fowler
    lecturer and tutor

    Over the past forty years Simon Fowler has helped thousands of people find their ancestors – and no doubt misinformed a few others in the process. He once worked at the Public Record Office and edited Family History Monthly and Ancestors magazines. Simon is now a professional researcher specialising in military history and records of central government.
    He teaches a number of courses for Pharos Tutors as well as being a regular lecturer at the Society of Genealogists.