14:15 - 15:00

The records which we use to research our family history are largely the result of a variety of Acts of Parliament. A good understanding of the legislation behind the census returns, parish registers and civil registration records (and many more) can make an enormous difference when it comes to interpreting the information left behind by our ancestors. This talk will look at the major pieces of legislation from Thomas Cromwell

Dave Annal

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.