The Science Behind the Stories: Using Genetic Genealogy in Crime Fiction


The Science Behind the Stories: Using Genetic Genealogy in Crime Fiction

Understand the process of investigative genetic genealogy, DNA analysis and methodologies, transferring from fact to fiction.

What You Will Learn

This talk gives an overview of the investigative genetic genealogy process: what it is, where it is used and the basics of how it is undertaken. Nathan discusses some real-life key cases that have used IGG and then moves on to his own fictional writing, focusing on the Venator Cold Case series, which uses this methodology to catch serial killers. He explains his meticulous research process, the experts that he consults and his process of writing.


Nathan Dylan Goodwin is a writer, genealogist and educator. A member of the Society of Authors, he has completed several local history books about Hastings, as well as several works of fiction, including the acclaimed Forensic Genealogist series, the Mrs. McDougall Investigates series and the Venator Cold Case series. His other interests include theatre, reading, running, skiing, travelling and, of course, genealogy. He is a qualified teacher, 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 and the Kent Family History Society.

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