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Simon Fowler (born 1956) is an English social historian and author who lives in Richmond, London. He is editor of Richmond History, the annual journal of the Richmond Local History Society, and has written many books relating to family history and social history.


Fowler was editor of Ancestors, the family history magazine of The National Archives (UK), until it ceased publication in 2010. He edited Family History Monthly from 2000 to 2004. His history-related articles have appeared in Local History Magazine, Family Tree, History Today, BBC History Magazine and several academic journals.

He was an archivist at the Public Record Office, now The National Archives (UK), for 20 years. He was secretary of Labour Heritage, the Labour Oral History Project and the Friendly Societies Research Group. He is also active with the London Archive Users Forum and the Brewery and Pub History societies.

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  • (with William Spencer) Army Records for Family Historians (Public Record Office Readers' Guide), PRO Publications, 1998, ISBN 1873162596; ISBN 978-1873162590
  • Family History: Digging Deeper, The History Press, 2012, ISBN 0752458973; ISBN 978-075245897-7
  • Family History Starter Pack: All You Need to Begin Your Family History Research, The National Archives (UK), 2004, ISBN 1903365694; ISBN 978-190336569-4
  • (with Ruth Paley) Family Skeletons: Exploring the lives of our disreputable ancestors, The National Archives (UK), 2005, ISBN 1-903365-54-6
  • A Guide to Military History on the Internet, Pen and Sword Books, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84415-606-1
  • Joys of Family History: All You Need to Start Your Family Search, Public Record Office, 2002, ISBN 1903365317; ISBN 978-1903365311
  • The Phil: A History of the Richmond Philanthropic Society Richmond: Philanthropic Society, 1997
  • Philanthropy and the Poor Law in Richmond 1836–1871, Richmond Local History Society, 1991; ISBN 0-9508198-8-3
  • Railway Disasters (Images of Transport), Wharncliffe Books, 2013, ISBN 978-1-84563-158-1
  • Researching Brewery and Publican Ancestors, The Family History Partnership, 2009; ISBN 1906280126; ISBN 978-1906280123
  • Richmond at War 1939–1945, Richmond Local History Society, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9550717-8-2
  • Richmond in the Census of 1851, Richmond Local History Society, 1988, ISBN 978-095081983-9
  • (with David Thomas and Valerie Johnson) The Silence of the Archive (Principles and Practice in Records Management and Archives), Facet Publishing, 2017, ISBN 978-1783301553
  • Sources for Labour History (Public Record Office Readers' Guide), PRO Publications, 1996, ISBN 1873162219; ISBN 978-1873162217
  • Starting Out in Local History, Countryside Books, 2001, ISBN 1853066869; ISBN 978-1853066863
  • Tracing Irish Ancestors (Pocket Guides to Family History), Pen and Sword Books, 2001, ISBN 1903365031; ISBN 978-1903365038
  • Tracing Scottish Ancestors, PRO Publications, 2001, ISBN 1903365023; ISBN 978-1903365021
  • Tracing Your Ancestors, Pen and Sword Books, 2011, ISBN 9781844159482
  • Tracing Your Army Ancestors, Pen and Sword Books, 2006, ISBN 1844154106; ISBN 978-1844154104
  • Tracing Your First World War Ancestors, Countryside Books, 2008, ISBN 1846741300; ISBN 978-1846741302
  • Tracing Your Great War Ancestors – The Gallipoli Campaign: A Guide for Family Historians, Pen and Sword Books, 2015, ISBN 978-1473823686
  • Tracing Your Great War Ancestors – The Somme: A Guide for Family Historians, Pen and Sword Books, 2015, ISBN 978-1473823693
  • Tracing Your Great War Ancestors – Ypres: A Guide for Family Historians, Pen and Sword Books, 2015, ISBN 978-1473823709
  • Tracing Your Navy Ancestors, Pen and Sword Books, 2011, ISBN 1848846258; ISBN 978-1848846258
  • Tracing Your Second World War Ancestors, Countryside Books, 2006, ISBN 1853069361; ISBN 978-1853069369
  • Using Poor Law Records (Pocket Guides to Family History), PRO Publications, 2001, ISBN 1903365074; ISBN 978-1903365076
  • The Workhouse: The People, The Places, The Life Behind Doors, The National Archives (UK), 2007, ISBN 1905615035; ISBN 978-1905615032
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