Other Services

Leaps buildings with a single bound...

Well I can’t do that, but there are other services I can offer:

Teaching and Talking

I am an experienced teacher and lecturer with a qualification in teaching adults. I regularly take workshops at the Society of Genealogists, have spoken at several Rootstech conferences, and given talks to family and local history society groups. Among the topics I can talk about are:

  • Researching military ancestors
  • Researching the two world wars
  • Researching innkeeper ancestors
  • Researching workhouses and pauper ancestors
  • Getting the best from The National Archives website
  • Researching missing ancestors

I also teach online courses with Pharos Tutors on researching military ancestors, the poor law and advanced research techniques. Find out more at www.pharostutors.com It has been an interesting experience interacting with students who could be many thousands of miles away rather than in a classroom. Why not sign up for a course.


I’ve written lots of books over the years. Most have been for Pen & Sword, for whom I have had a mutually productive relationship since 2008, both advising them on family history titles and writing a number of books. You find out more at www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/search/products/Simon+Fowler

I’m greatly looking forward to seeing the publication of The Missing of the Great War by Amberley Publishing in the Spring 2022. There are several other books on the subject, but this takes a radically different approach with a lot of newly discovered material.

And there are the articles for a range of magazines over the past twenty years or so. A few are showcased here. During and after Covid I wrote a weekly local history column for an online newspaper the Twickenham and Richmond Tribune, that covered a wide range of topics from allotments to what might be described as the Case of the Missing Cod’s Heads.  Find out more at https://twickenhamtribune.com 

Spittoons in Arcadia

Having spent many hours in pubs over the decades I have long been fascinated by their history and the people who used them. I wrote this for the Twentieth Century Society newsletter about fifteen years ago.

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Humanity in the Heavens

Occasionally one comes across records which can astound. One example is the messages dropped by both German and British pilots over enemy lines during the First World War seeking information about missing airmen.

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