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United Kingdom -- Biographical Dictionaries

The following is a brief list of dictionaries of British biography. Additional biographical information on British citizens can be found in Peerage of Countries Other Than the United Kingdom and under General Aids -- Biographical Dictionaries.

To find additional biographical dictionaries in the Library's online catalog, do a subject keyword search for Genealogy--Great Britain--Dictionaries.

Alderman Reference
CT 773 .B6 1965
Boase, Frederic. Modern English Biography; Containing Many Thousand Concise Memoirs of Persons Who Have Died between the Years 1851-1900 with an Index of the Interesting Matter. Reprint. London: Frank Cass, 1965. 6 vols.

A valuable source for biographical information on the lesser known personalities of the nineteenth century. The work has a greater coverage of the national and local celebrities of the nineteenth century than the Dictionary of National Biography (below). The volumes contain approximately 30,000 entries. Sources of biographical information are noted, and there is an excellent analytical index in each volume.
Alderman Reference
LF 124 .A2 1900

Cambridge University. Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates, and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge, from the Earliest Times to 1900. Comp. John Venn and J. A. Venn. Cambridge: The University Press, 1922-54. 6 vols.

Entries include date of matriculation and age at the time of matriculation, college entered, and degrees earned. Often parents' names and the names of relatives who attended Cambridge are included. The arrangement is alphabetical by surname.

Alderman Stacks
CS 2415 .G73 1993
Grehan, Ida. Irish family histories. Niwot, Colo. (P.O. Box 666) ; Schull, County Cork, Republic of Ireland : Roberts Rinehart Publishers ; Toronto : Key Porter Books, 1993.

Alderman Reference
DA28 .O95 2004

(Available only from U.Va. locations.)

Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2004. 60 vols.

Rev. ed. of: Dictionary of national biography. 1885-1901. The major scholarly biographical dictionary of noteworthy persons of the British Isles and the British colonies including prominent American colonists. Each article is signed, and bibliographies and sources of information are provided. The arrangement is alphabetical.

Alderman Reference
LF524 .A2 1500-1714 1714 1968 ed.


Alderman Stacks
LF524 .A22 1715-1886 1887 ed.

Oxford University. Alumni oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714; their parentage, birthplace, and year of birth, with a record of their degrees. Being the matriculation register of the university, alphabetically arranged, revised and annotated, by Joseph Foster. Early series. Nendeln/Liechtenstein, Kraus, 1968. 4 vols.

Oxford University. Alumni oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886: their parentage, birthplace, and year of birth, with a record of their degrees. Being the matriculation register of the University ... Revised and annotated by Joseph Foster. Reprint. Nendeln: Kraus Reprint, 1968. 4 vols.

An alphabetical listing of the alumni of the University of Oxford from 1500-1886, giving, in most cases, parents' names, date and place of birth, and degrees granted by the University.




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