My name is Simon Fowler. I am a freelance researcher and this site is designed to encourage you to hire me to help with your research.
By training, I am an archivist with an MA in Archive Administration from University College London. I worked at The National Archives (then the Public Record Office) for roughly thirty years, although I had a break firstly to do a PhD on charities and the First World War and then edited Family History Monthly, as well as being archivist at the Royal Star and Garter Home and the Society of Genealogists. My last post at The National Archives was as editor of Ancestors Magazine which closed in April 2010. Since then, I have been a researcher mainly at archives in and around London.
To my great amazement business took off immediately. I have never been busier or happier. Over the past decade or so I have helped well over eleven hundred clients with projects large and small, from books and academic papers to family and local history research. Many of whom have used my services more than once.
My philosophy is to treat clients as I would wish to be treated myself: by providing a friendly, efficient and professional service. And one which provides value for money.
If you want a full CV, testimonials and that sort of thing please let me know.
So why not get in touch?
All of my books are precious to me. But some mean more than others. Top of the pile is Tracing Your First World Ancestors, not just because it is most comprehensive guide that is available, but more importantly, through the records, it tells the story of a few of the men and women who served during the Great War.
A new edition, which contains many more sources most of which are online, was published in April 2021.