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Title: Biographie Nationale de Belgique 1866-1965

Rating: D

Online Review: Biographies of all famous Belgians, but it is outdated and a new series has been started.


Title: Etat present Noblesse Belge


Title: History of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster
-4 volumes-
Author: Edward Baines
Published: 1836

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Title: The history of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster
-5 volumes-
Authors: Edward Baines, James Croston
Published: 1888-1893 revised edition

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Title: The History and Antiquities of the County of Northampton
-2 volumes-
Author: George Baker
Published: 1822-1841

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Title: The aristocracy in twelfth-century Leon and Castile
Author: Simon Barton
Published: 1997 
Publisher: Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought,
4th series, volume 34

Rating: A

Online Review: Genealogists will be impressed by appendix one, a prosopography of the 12th century counts of Leon and Castile, 80 pages and selected genealogical tables. 


Title: Welsh Genealogies, AD 300-1400 -8 volumes-
Author: P. C. Bartrum
Published: 1974

Rating: C+

Online Review: This often appears as a standard reference work for the time and period indicated. It is only an indication of what pedigrees are published, and may not be a hundred percent accurate.


Title: Welsh Genealogies  Ad 1400-1500
Author: P. C. Bartrum
Published: 1983

Rating: C+

Online Review: This often appears as a standard reference work for the time and period indicated. It is only an indication of what pedigrees are published, and may not be a hundred percent accurate.


Title: Genealogie delle famiglie nobili di Genova
Author: Natale Battilana
Published: 1825-1833 Genova
reprint 1972 Bologna

Rating: B

Online Review: Genealogical charts of a dozen genovese families, displayed in maddening fashion. There is no index and looking up, say a Spinola, may take quite some time as for that family there are 148 charts.


Title: Genealogies des branches regnantes des Rurikides du XIIIe
au XVIe siecle
Author: N de Baumgarten
Published: 1934, 1962 reprint
Publisher: Rome, Orientalia Christiana XXXV-I

Rating: B+

Online Review:  Together with his other work, also mentioned in this list, these works together form the standard and are the most valuable references on the Rurikides. Even though some of the particulars may have been corrected by later research, there is nothing like these two books, not even in Russia. All genealogical tables have detailed notes and sources, indispensible for early Russian genealogy and history. Much of it can be found in Europaische Stammtafeln, Volume II, by Schwennicke.


Title: Genealogies et marriages occidentaus des Rurikides russes
du Xe au XIIIe siecle
Author: N de Baumgarten
Published: 1927
Publisher: Rome, Orientalia Christiana, IX-I

Rating: B+

Online Review: Together with his other work, also mentioned in this list, these works together form the standard and are the most valuable references on the Rurikides. Even though some of the particulars may have been corrected by later research, there is nothing like these two books, not even in Russia. All genealogical tables have detailed notes and sources, indispensible for early Russian genealogy and history. Much of it can now be found in Europaische Stammtafeln, Volume II, by Schwennicke.


Title: Deutsche Geschichte in Ahnentafeln
Author: Banniza von Bazan
Published: 1929,1940 Berlin

Rating: B

Online Review: The title says it all. The history of Germany as seen from a genealogist's point of view. Unexpected links between various military leaders and politicians. A very "pro-German" book.


Title: Nobiliaire de Ponthieu
Author: Marquis de Belleval

Rating: C

Online Review: Useful genealogies, but undocumented.


Title: Repertorium van gedrukte genealogieen
Author: Jhr. Mr. E. A. van Beresteyn
Published: 1933 
Publisher: Haarlem

Rating: B+

Online Review: Here you can look up what has been published on any Dutch family, regardless its social status, and where to find the book, or article, in question.


Title: Histoire des seigneuries de Quievrain
Author: T. A. Bernier
Published: 1864

Rating: C

Online Review: A very specialized subject.


Title: Historisch-Genealogische Stammkarten des Oldenburgischen Koenigshauses
Author: J. H. F. Berlien
Publisher: 1849, Kopenhagen

Rating:

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Title: Das Bernuth Buch
Author: Wolf Dietloff von Bernuth
Published: 1986, Neustadt an der Aisch

Rating:

Online Review: All you'll ever want to know about the Bernuth family, in one large volume.


Title: La Maison de Craon 1050-1480 -2 volumes-
Author: Arthur Bertrand de Broussillon
Published: 1893, Paris

Rating: A

Online Review: An excellent and well documented book on an important French family. It is a model of completeness. The author not only cites medieval
cartularies, he also includes the relevant parts in his appendix. Cartularies are charters usually preserved at monasteries and recording donations of the devoted. They are packed with genealogical data and are essential for doing medieval research.


Title: Historia genealogica y heraldica de la monarquia espanola,
Casa Real y Grandes de Espana -10 volumes-
Author: Don Francisco Fernandez de Bethencourt
Published: 1897

Rating: A

Online Review: Detailed genealogies.
Volume 1 Casa Real; volume 2 Pacheco and Acuna; volume 3 Borja ; 
volume 4 Folch ; volume 5 de la Cerda ; volume 6-9 de Cordoba.
A pity the series did not continue.


Title: Genealogische en Heraldische Gedenkwaardigheden in en uit de kerken van Nederland -13 volumes-
Authors: P. C. Bloys van Treslong Prins, Mr. J Belonje
Published: 1919-1961

Rating: B

Online Review: Analysis of gravestones etc. from all over The Netherlands, now re-edited on C.D.  No-one can afford a complete set of the original publication.


Title: Origines des Magistrats au Parlement de Paris au XVIIe siecle  1715-1771
Author: Jean Francois Bluche
Published: 1956
Publisher: Paris University of Paris

Rating: B

Online Review: A doctoral thesis, with genealogical details. Many of these families intermarried with the old nobility.


Title: The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, wife of Reverend John Owsley
Authors: Ronny O Bodine and Brother Thomas W. Spalding Jr.
Published: 1999, third preliminary edition

Rating: B

Online Review: Detailed ancestor list of Dorothea Poyntz, born and died in England but an ancestor of many Americans. Many of her ancestors belong to the better classes; nobility and royalty can be found amongst them. The many brief biographical notes are a great bonus. However, it is a work in progress
and we should look forward to the fourth and further editions.


Title: La Descendance d'Alexandre Andreievitch 1e Prince Bariatinski
Une genealogie biographique  (3 volumes) -French-
Author: Timothy F. Boettger
Published: 1996, Seattle

Rating:

Online Review: B
A grand project which makes a great deal of Russian genealogy accessible.
Very good collection of portraits.


Title: Elenco dei cavalieri del S.M. Ordine di San Giovanni di Gerusalem -2 volumes-
Author: Francesco Bonazzi
Published: 1897-1907 Napoli

Rating: D

Online Review: A list of Italian noblemen, of limited interest.


Title: Herbarz Polski - 16 volumes, 1 supplement
Author: Adam Boniecki

Rating: A

Online Review: The best Polish publication covering all nobility. Sources are given for all information. There are 16 volumes covering surnames from A to Makomaski. The rest was prepared for publication by Wlodzimierz Dworzaczek in 1939 but was burnt in Warsaw in 1944.


Title: Genealogie Niektorych Polskich Rodzin Utytitulowanych
Author: Edward Borowski

Rating: B

Online Review: Detailed genealogies of some Polish titled families but mostly restricted to late 19th and 20th century. Sources not given, information usually from living members of the families concerned.


Title: Consanguinity and Noble Marriages in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries
Author: Constance B. Bouchard
Publisher: Speculum 56:2 (1981) 268-287

Rating: A

Online Review: Interesting discussion of consanguinity among the nobility and the impact of the Catholic Church's changing rules. Consanguinity often becomes
a critical issue when trying to untangle possible relationships among the medieval people.


Title: Recueil de tableux de Quartiers de Noblesse des familes nobles
du royaume de Belgique -2 volumes-
Author: Philippe Bounam de Ryckholt
Published: 1967-1997 Bruxelles

Rating: C

Online Review: Eight ancestors of living members of the Belgian nobility. With the emphasis on "noble", one in eight non-noble ancestors is "tolerated". Only years are given, no complete dates. Certainly not as good as Coomans de Brachene.


Title: Die Nachkommen Karls des Grossen
Author: Erich Brandenburg
Published: 1935, improved edition 1995 
Publisher: Verlag Degener & Co, Neustadt an der Aisch
ISBN: 3-7686-5102-9

Rating: B

Online Review: Fourteen generations of descendants of Charlemagne, the old German lettering does not  make it easy to read. Added in the improved edition very good footnotes and interesting lineages.


Title: Nachkommen Gorms des Alten (Koenig von Danemark 936)
Author: S. Otto Brenner
Published: 1978
Publisher:  Personalhistorisk Institut & Dansk Historisk Haandbogsforlag
ISBN: 87-85207-20-9

Rating: C

Online Review: Displaying sixteen generations of descendants, the details are easily accessible. There is a key which explains the meanings of abbreviations in several languages, including English. This is volume one, but a second volume has not been produced.  It covers a great deal of medieval genealogy and his descendants have spread over most, if not all, of Europe. However, one of the problems with this book is that uncertain connections are somtimes simply included without any indication of doubt. But, if interested in medieval genealogy, this is still a book that should be consulted 


Title: The House of Habsburg
A genealogy of the descendants of Empress Maria Theresia
Author: Daniel A Brewer-Ward
Published: 1996
Publisher: Clearfield Company
ISBN: 0-8063-4644-2

Rating: C

Online Review: The great failing of this book is the lack of an index.


Title: The Gonzaga : Lords of Mantua
Author: Selwyn Brinton
Published: 1927, London

Rating:

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Title:  Histoire genealogique de la Maison de Beaumont (Dauphine)
Author: Abbe Brizard
Publisher:

Rating: C

Online Review: One of the many Beaumont families, allied families and so on. Beautifully printed and very rare.


Title: History of the Highlands and the Highland Clans
Author:  James Browne
Published: 1938

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Title: Americans of Royal Descent (Collection of Genealogies Showing the Lineal Descent from Kings of some American families.
Author: Charles H. Browning
Published: 1969, 7th ed.
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore
Library of Congres Catalog Card Number 67-29402

Rating:

Online Review: This book appears not to be very reliable and does not offer much in regards of documentation.


Title: Histoire de La Georgie depuis l'Antiquite jusq'au XIXe siecle
Author: Alexis Brosset
Published: 1849-1858 St.Petersburg

Rating: C

Online Review: French translation of the corpus of Georgian chronicles by a respected scholar. There are more recent translations and editions, and earlier versions of some of the chronicles. Most writers on caucasian genealogies, including Toumanoff, seem to respect Brosset. Some of the genealogical tables you won't find anywhere else.


Title: Descendance inedite du duc de Berry
Author: Christophe  Brun
Published: 1998, Paris

Rating:

Online Review: Notes on the descendants, legitimate and illegitimate, of the Duke of Berry, son of King Charles X. However, the same has been covered by Daniel Manach and Michel Sementery in their "La Descendance de Charles X, roi de France."


Title: Familienbuch der von Buelow
Author: Paul von Buelow
Published: 1858, Berlin

Rating: B

Online Review: Indispensible for looking up members of this very prolific noble German family. One would like to see an updated edition.


Title: Genealogical and Historical Records of the Baillies of Inverness, Scotland, and some of their descendants in the United States of America
Author: J.G.B. Bulloch
Published: 1923

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Title: The House of Gordon -2 volumes-
Author:  J.G.B. Bulloch
Published: 1903-1912

Rating: B

Online Review: A mine of information, particular on the smaller branches of the Gordon Clan, Lesmoir, Drumbuilg, Cairnburrow, with original manuscripts
reprinted to back the genealogies. There are some contentious assertions but the logic behind them is hard to beat.


Title: Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America
Author: Edited by Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd
Published: 1975
Publisher: Burke's Peerage Limited, London
ISBN: 0 85011 017 3

Rating: C

Online Review: The title tells all.


Title: Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
Published: London 1826-1970

Rating: D

Online Review: Good for the period circa 1800 till the present, but unreliable for the medieval period.


Title: Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
Published: 1999

Rating: D

Online Review: The revived edition has many corrections incorporated and the next edition should be much better again.


Title: Burke's genealogical and Heraldic history of the Landed Gentry
Published: London 1837-1965

Rating: D

Online Review: As it covers such a vast array of families, ommissions and mistakes have found their way into this work as well.


Title: Burke's Guide to the Royal Family
Published: London, 1973
ISBN: 0-220-66222-3

Rating: B

Online Review: Quite good. The many articles give a wealth of information.


Title: Burke's American Families with British Ancestry
Author: Sir John Bernard Burke
Published: 1939,1975,1977,1983, 1996
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore
ISBN: 0-8-63-0662-9

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Title: A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, forfeited and Extinct Peerages
Author: Sir Bernard Burke
Published: 1883, 1985, 1996 
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore
ISBN: 0-8063-0789-7

Rating: B

Online Review: The title tells all.


Title: A Genealogical History of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited and extinct peerages of the British Empire (several editions)
Author: Sir John Bernard Burke

Rating: C

Online Review: The title tells all.


Title: A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the extinct and dormant baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland
Author: John Burke 1787-1848

Rating: C

Online Review: As with all Burke's books is that the information from the past two centuries is fine, but when they proceed into the middle ages, they often have information that is incomplete and misleading.


Title: The family of Burnett of Leys
Author: George Burnett
Published: 1901

Rating: A

Online Review: Written by the Lyon King of Arms of the period, so an authoritative work. Note that Spalding Club publications are all of a high standard


Title: La formation du comte de Champagne v950-v1150
Author: Michel Bur
Published: 1974, Lille

Rating: 

Online Review: A scholarly work, a thesis in 1974 presented before the University of Nancy, with indispensible genealogical material included. However, a very hard read.


Title:  Italian Dynasties
The Great Families of Italy, from the Renaissance to the present day
Author: Edward Burman
Published: 1989
ISBN: 1-85336-005-8

Rating:

Description: A very good history of the Visconti, Este, Colonna, Sforza, Malatesta, Gonzaga, Medici and Farnese families
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Title: Stammbuch Althessischen Ritterschaft
Author: von Buttlar

Rating:

Online Review: An oversized album with genealogical tables.

 


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