Hi Ann, I know what you mean about the distance: I am in British Columbia. If we keep chipping away at the dead ends something we eventually give.
Also, people are so good about sharing freely their information and are even helping each other by looking up census records for complete strangers. The UK Free BMD, and other searchable records, are growing, thank goodness. We need masses of volunteers to transcribe masses of information from every conceivable document. The best of British luck to you :-))