The essential reference to the British aristocracy. It contains the genealogical details of every British duke, marquess, viscount, earl, baron, and baronet, together with all the living members of their families in the male line.
Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)
Main Library Reference DA 28 .D48
Signed articles by scholars on important British citizens "from the earliest times" to 1990. Includes American colonials. All articles are on deceased individuals. Brief bibliographies appended to most entries. Many entries updated, but entirely supplanted, by The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (below).
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Main Library Reference DA 28 .O95 2004
Offers concise biographies written by subject specialists on over 58,000 individuals "who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the twenty-first century." Brief bibliographies appended to virtually all entries. Black-and-white portraits accompany about 10,000 entries.
Who Was Who
Main Library Reference DA 28 .W65 (1951+)
A compilation of biographical sketches from Who's Who (below), with dates of death and interment location.
Main Library Reference DA 28 .W6 (latest 2 years)
Main Library General Collection DA 28 .W6 (1966+)
Biographical sketches of notable living British subjects.