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Local history in the Oxford DNB
The online Oxford DNB is much more than an A–Z dictionary in electronic format. It's also a historical database to find people who shared common attributes—for example, date of birth, place of residence, occupation, or religious affiliation. Online, the Oxford DNB becomes an excellent resource for local history work and family research.
Here are a few ways to use the Dictionary to learn more about the men and women who've shaped your region.
Please note: to view the following searches you’ll need access to the complete ODNB online. Nearly all UK public libraries now subscribe to the ODNB. Library members can log-on from home or anywhere (at anytime) using their membership card: details of how to do so are available here. As well as UK public libraries, the ODNB is also available online via many schools, colleges, and universities worldwide.
Then combine searches. For example:
Full Text searchingFrom the subscriber homepage use the ‘full text’ link to find references to a county, city, town, or village in the Dictionary's 65 million words. For example:
With more than 10,600 portrait images, the Oxford DNB also provides the largest published collection of British portraiture. From the subscriber homepage use the ‘Image’ link to find and view selected images. For example: