David Annal - Family Tree Live speaker profile


25 January 2019
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How to use the census to trace your family history


How to use the census to trace your family history

David Annal will be speaking on ‘Counting the people: census returns online’ at Family Tree Live


Introducing David Annal’s talk:

The census is an invaluable resource for family historians, covering – as it does – people from all walks of life. In addition to providing a comprehensive record of the population it provides the family history researcher with key clues – names, dates, addresses, occupations and family relationships. These are all crucial clues to help us piece together a family tree and to get a richer feeling for our ancestors’ lives, homes and communities.

A census of England and Wales has been taken every 10 years since 1801, and the returns for 1841 to 1911 are accessible online, but finding our ancestors isn’t always easy.

David Annal’s talk will provide essential search techniques and vital clues to successfully using the census records for family history.

The census is likely to be one of the records that you use early on in your family history sleuthing, but it’s also one that you will return to time and again over the years, mining it for the genealogical and historical clues it holds about your ancestors.


This talk is for you if you are keen to learn more about how to search the census successfully to trace your ancestors.

Suitable for many levels of family history experience, beginner to intermediate.


Come along to Family Tree Live find out more…

David Annal will be speaking at 10am on Saturday 27 April 2019

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Mini bio:

David Annal has been involved in the family history world for more than 30 years and is a former principal family history specialist at The National Archives. He is an experienced lecturer and the author of a number of best-selling family history books, including Easy Family History and (with Peter Christian) Census: The Family Historian’s Guide. David now runs his own family history research business, Lifelines Research. Regular readers of Family Tree will recognise him as the Family Tree Academy tutor!




How to catch the Family Tree Live talks

The talks are included in your all-inclusive Family Tree Live ticket price. To find out more about this brand new family history event at Alexandra Palace, click here!


Plan your day out

To download the programme of talks just click here!

Go to www.family-tree.co.uk click Family Tree Live, then Lectures & Workshops

David Annal will also be tutoring in the Family Tree Live Workshop programme.