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At the Family History Show 2005 we had a prize draw to win £400-worth of parish register CD-ROMs by Our winner was Rita Thorne of Staffordshire. She has read Your Family Tree since issue 1, and picked up her first copy when we launched the magazine at the SoG Family History Fair 2003. "I'm very surprised," she said. "I'm sure I'll find the CDs useful."


The Family History Show 2005

Did you catch Your Family Tree on the road?

ome 2,400 family historians descended upon Westminster last month for the Society of Genealogists' annual Family History Show. Normally held over two days, it was rolled into just one this year for a compact and bustling event.

The more popular exhibits included the stall where people could search the 1861 Census on the spot; where Nick Barratt was offering one-on-one research advice; the SoG's distinctive yellow stand with their range of publications and helpful experts; and British Data Archives' census CD operation which occupied eight tables and had punters clambering for the latest releases.

The Your Family Tree stand was swamped with visitors keen to get the A to Z of Genealogy Websites books which we were giving away.

THE STAND: Gabby helps another researcher subscribe to Your Family Tree

Also extremely popular were the rare back issues reserved for the event -those who got there early managed to snap up copies of issues 3, 4 and 5. It was gratifying to be able to meet so many satisfied readers, and to hear some of your stories first hand.

Our next event will be the 10th annual Yorkshire Family History Fair at York Racecourse on 25 June. ■

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