In your search for archives about your ancestors, don't forget to try museums. There's a huge variety of them, from the national to tiny local ones. Even small museums can have important archives. For example, the archives at Witney & District Museum where I'm a volunteer include hundreds of deeds from one of the local solicitors records of some local businesses and societies the only known surviving register of inmates at Witney Union workhouse an undertaker's ledger an almost complete series of quit rent books from 1858 to 1890, showing the owners and occupiers of hundreds of properties in Witney, Hailey, Crawley and Curbridge. tithe maps of Witney and Hailey enclosure award for Hailey 1844 poor rate for Witney There's also a large photographic collection and all sorts of ephemera e.g. billheads from local traders. Like many museums, we have very limited resources and so have not yet been able to get our archive catalogue online. However, thanks to the effort of one volunteer, the card index to our main photographic collection is now computerised. The next step is to link it to thumbnails of the photos and to upload it to our website. Many other museums do have online catalogues: check their websites and/or Access to Archives (A2A).