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.
About the speaker
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 and Ancestors magazines. Simon is now a professional researcher specialising in military history and records of central government. In recent years he has helped organised various Ask the Expert events for AGRA at family history shows and now via Zoom.
Simon will be speaking for about 40 minutes and will be more than happy to take questions and comments at the end.
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