Dave Annal has worked as a professional researcher since 1984 and was formerly employed by The National Archives as the Principal Family History Specialist. He has written a number of history books, including the recently-published second edition of Census: The Family Historians Guide, co-authored by Peter Christian. Dave is also a regular speaker at Family History Society meetings and recently started writing for Family Tree magazine, having bought the very first issue back in 1984. He is currently working on a new book on death duty registers, while running his research business, Lifelines Research.