This website is a must for those with ancestors who worked the canals. The site includes the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester Waterways Museum and the Canal Museum, in Northamptonshire. The archives of the trust hold a host of material concerning the history of canals & inland waterways, include early canal companies records, boat-building plans, working records, accounts, letters and photographs.
Remember that if you have family who were canal folk then search along the canal for churches were children may have been christened, family members buried and where marriages might have taken place. Canal people weren’t attached to a static parish, but it is known that some families did favour certain churches along the canal route.