- The British Newspaper Archive for my family who got irritated with customers who owed them money and sued them
- The London Gazette for my family who owed other people money! - and went to debtor's prison, in one case
- Family who were business owners who advertised their wares and were well-known enough to get obituaries.
- Business directories such as the Historical Directories site
- Poll books from Ancestry, because voters were freemen - Guild members of trades, or landowners. Some Poll Books are also online for free at Electoral Registers or you can find a few like this Hull one as an e book Kingston Upon Hull 1835
- Parish records from free sites, and paid ones. If you can, don't rely on an index, but get an actual image of the record. You may find a lot more information - like my find of a family member a stickler for accuracy - 20 years later identifying herself in the margin (with all of her marriages), and getting the Priest to witness her correction of her now-grown son's baptismal name which was transcribed incorrectly. Or a note by a peevish Priest cross about having to bury a non-communicant.....I have one of those too!
- The National Burial Index - I bought the CD and its very useful
- County Record Offices - an absolute delight is the Hull History Centre
- Beautiful old cemeteries such as the Key Hill Cemetery in Birmingham.
Moreover, my ancestors' souls are sustained by the atmosphere of the house, since I answer for them the questions that their lives once left behind. I carve out rough answers as best I can. I have even drawn them on the walls. It is as if a silent, greater family, stretching down the centuries, were peopling the house.
Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)