Peerage and landed gentry genealogical books online

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Officers in the British Army, the East India Company armies, and the Indian Army were often of high social status/the Landed Gentry class and genealogical resources relating to this social class may provide Army details.

Historical books online

  • Burke's Peerage. Title appears to have varied. Includes A genealogical and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage, published by Burke, and Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry : including American families with British ancestry.
74th edition 1912, 76th edition 1914 : A-L only to page 1274 (total c 2761), 77th edition 1915., 101st edition 1956 only available to patrons with print disabilities, 106th edition 1999, Volume I, A-L Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
1882, 1883, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1916, 1939, Digitised volumes from microfilm viewable on your home computer (Scroll down). FamilySearch Digital Library or digitised microfilm. Note to view these digital books, you must be signed in to FS, see FamilySearch.
  • Debrett's. In some years there were two series of publications, in general terms Debrett's Peerage, and Debrett's Baronetage. The 1921 editions are both available online, and indicate mainly different content.
Debrett's Peerage Multiple editions, latest 1936, together with 1876 1921 1923
Debrett's Peerage on FamilySearch Digital Library
1808, 1819, 1826, 1869, 1874, 1888, 1913
Debrett's Baronetage 1815-1835, together with Debrett's Baronetage 1921
Debrett's Baronetage on FamilySearch Digital Library. 1824, 1840, Broken range 1883 to 1955. Note however, not all editions listed in the latter link are available online.
Note to view the FamilySearch digital books, you must be signed in to FS, see FamilySearch.
Potentially available from FamilySearch in the future but currently (2019/03/05) none seem to be available online.
List of FamilySearch holdings to 1920, some of which are currently available online, some of which may be digitised in the future (scroll down) including 1911, 1912, 1919. Also (separately) 1917
Note to view the FamilySearch digital books, you must be signed in to FS, see FamilySearch.
The Complete Peerage “New edition, revised and much enlarged” in 14 Volumes published 1910-1959.
Contents: v. 1. Ab-Adam to Basing -- v. 2. Bass to Canning -- v. 3. Canonteign to Cutts -- v. 4. Dacre to Dysart -- v. 5. Eardley of Spalding to Goojerat -- v. 6. Gordon to Hurstpierpoint -- v. 7. Husee to Lincolnshire -- v. 8. Lindley to Moate -- v. 9. Moels to Nuneham -- v. 10. Oakham to Richmond -- v. 11. Rickerton to Sisonby -- v. 12-1. Skelmersdale to Towton -- v. 12-2. Tracton to Zouche -- v. 13. Peers created 1901-1938 -- v. 14. Addenda & corrigenda (publisher varies).
Vol1 1 1910, Vol 2 1912, Vol 3 1913, Vol 4 1916. Vol 5 1926 - Note Use single page option to view. Each single digital page appears to contain four actual pages. Vol 7 1929. All
FamilySearch Digital Library editions. Note to view these digital books, you must be signed in to FS, see FamilySearch.
  • Who’s Who. Published by Adam and Charles Black, London.
Hathi Trust Digital Library editions, full view 1853-1871 (broken range), and 1889-1923 (broken range) available for restricted area such as North America. Also in the latter category.
The following are, including Lending Library.
1904, 56th Year of Issue; 1907, 59th Year of Issue;
1932, 84th Year of Issue; 1937, 89th Year of Issue; 1939, 91th Year Of Issue;
1942, 94th Year Of Issue; 1945, 97th Year of Issue; 1951, 103rd Year of issue.
1969-1970 121st y.o.Iss., 1971-1972 123rd y.o. Iss., 1972-1973, 124th Year of Issue, 2nd file; 1973, 125th Year of Issue; 1974-1975, 126th Year of Issue, 1975-1976 127th y.o. Iss., 1976-1977 128th y.o. Iss., 1977-1978 129th y.o. Iss., 1978-1979 130th y.o. Iss., 1979-1980 131st y. o. Iss.
1980-1981 132nd y.o. Iss., 1982-1983 134th y.o. Iss., 1983-1984 135th Year of Issue, 1984 136th y.o. Iss., 1985 137th y.o. Iss., 1986 138th y.o. Iss., 1988 140th y.o. Iss., 1989 141st y.o. Iss., 1990 142nd y.o. Iss.
1991 143rd y.o. Iss., 1992 144th y.o. Iss., 1993 145th y.o. Iss., 1994 146th y.o. Iss., 1995 147th y.o. Iss., 1996 148th y.o. Iss., 1997 149th y.o. Iss., 1998 150th y.o. Iss., 2000 152nd y.o. Iss.
2001 153rd y.o. Iss., 2002 154th y.o. Iss., 2003 155th y.o. Iss., 2004 156th y.o. Iss., 2005 157th y.o. Iss., 2006 158th y.o. Iss., 2007, 159th Year of Issue, 2008 160th y.o. Iss., 2009, 161st Year of Issue, 2010 162nd y.o. Iss.
2011 163rd y.o. Iss., 2012 164th y.o. Iss., 2013 165th y.o. Iss., 2014 166th y.o. Iss., 2016 168th y.o. Iss.
  • Who Was Who : a Companion to Who's Who, containing the biographies of those who died during the period .. published by A & C Black Ltd. and Lending Library.
Volume I 1897-1916 published 1920, 5th edition 1966, 6th edition 1988 Lending Library;
Volume II, 1916-1928 2nd edition 1947, Volume II, 1916-1928, 4th edition, 1967, 5th edition 1992 Lending Library
Volume III 1929-1940, 1941, Vol III 2nd edition 1967, 2nd file, 1967 edition Lending Library
Volume IV 1941-1950 4th edition 1967. The 3rd edition contained extra entries. Lending Library
Volume V 1951-1960 2nd edition 1964. 4th edition, 1984 Lending Library
Volume VI 1961-1970 1972 Lending Library
Volume VII 1971-1980 1981. 2nd edition, 1989 Lending Library
Who Was Who. A Cumulated Index 1897-1980 1981. Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
Volume VIII 1981-1990 1991. 2nd file. Lending Library
Who Was Who. A Cumulated Index 1897-1990 1991. Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
Volume IX, 1991-1995 1996. Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
Volume X, 1996-2000 2001. Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
Volume XI, 2001-2005 2006. Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
Note. If you are in the UK and have a library card, refer Miscellaneous tips, your public library system may subscribe to Who's Who / Who Was Who online, and you can gain access by clicking on the 'unlock' symbol and signing in with your card number.[1]


  1. seaJane. Who's Who 1926 Great War Forum 16 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.