The Archive has a computerised search and reference engine for its documentary collections, which is available for use by researchers in the reading room. This application currently brings searches more than three hundred and twenty thousand records across 26 tables, a number that is continually increasing as work on the archive description process progresses.
Worthy of special mention, as a reference point, are the old registers of lawsuits entered into the Archive. Often referred to as ?ancient inventories?, they show the lawsuits as and when they were deposited in the Chancery's former archive, and they have been preserved almost in their entirety. They constitute an important tool for a preliminary identification of the collection we preserve, even though in the majority of cases they do not permit direct location of the documentation.