Peerage (U.K.)

For the genealogist who has been successful in tracing his ancestry beyond the settler who came from Europe and is attempting to discover a relation to notable families, the following handbooks should be helpful. This list is limited to the English, Scottish, and Irish peerage, knightage, baronetage, and landed gentry. It is only a small sampling of the library’s holdings. There have been numerous editions of Burke and Debrett; many of the earlier editions can be found in the Special Collections Library. Patrons are urged to consult the online catalog for additional information.

The most direct entries in the online catalog are subject entries in the form
Name of country–Peerage or Name of country–Nobility, for instance, United Kingdom–Peerage or United Kingdom–Nobility.

Alderman Stacks
CS55 .A29 1959
Angerville, Count d’, ed. Living descendants of blood royal. London: World Nobility and Peerage, 1963. 2 vols.Contains pedigrees of those contemporary Americans whose ancestry can be traced to the kings of England, Scotland, and France. Page xxvii provides a list of seventeenth-century immigrants of royal blood who came to America from Europe. Index.
Alderman Reference
CS420 .B84
Burke, Sir John Bernard. Burke’s family index. London: Burke’s Peerage; New York: Arco, 1976.Indexes various publications by Burke (e.g., Peerage and Baronetage, Landed Gentry , giving “The most complete and up-to-date version of a family’s narrative pedigree in a Burke’s publication since 1826.” “Bibliography of Burke’s, 1826-1976” is a useful inclusion.
Alderman Reference
CS420.B85 105th. ed. 1970
Burke, Sir John Bernard. Burke’s Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage. Ed. Peter Townend. 105th ed. London: Burke’s Peerage, 1970.This edition is in the Reference Room; earlier editions in stacks. This is the only one of the currently published pecrages that includes complete lineage. Peerage and baronetage are arranged alphabetically by title; archbishops, bishops, knightage, and Privy Council members are included; there
are articles on royal lineage and tables of prcccdcnce, orders, decorations, and medals.
Alderman Reference
CS425.B8 1965
Burke, Sir John Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, Founded 1836 by John Burke and Sir Bernard Burke. Ed. Peter Townend. 18th ed. London: Burke’s Peerage, 1965-72. 3
vols.Biographical sketch of present head of family, names of wife and children, lineage, arms, and seat. Includes England, Scotland, and Wales.
Alderman Reference
CS425.B8 1939
Burke, Sir John Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry. London: Burke’s Peerage, 1939. 2 v.This is the only edition that includes American families with British ancestry (pp. 2539-3021).
Alderman Reference
CS425.B8 1871
Burke, Sir John Bernard. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. 5th ed. London: Harrison, 1871.This edition includes the Irish gentry.
Alderman Reference
CS490.B8 1958
Burke, Sir John Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland. Ed. L. G. Pine. 4th ed. London: Burke’s Peerage, 1958.Devoted entirely to lineage of the Irish landed gentry.
Special Collections CS422 .B8 1841
Burke, Sir John Bernard. A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited,and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire. London, Scott, Webster, and Geary, 1841.Useful for descendants and ancestors of peers.

Alderman Reference
CS425 .B78 1977
Burke, Sir John Bernard. A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, but uninvested with heritable honours. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1977. 4 v.Reprint of the 1834-1838 ed. published for H. Colburn by R. Bentley, London.
Alderman Reference
CS421.C55 1910
[Cokayne, G. E.] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United States. New ed. Ed. Vicary Gibbs. London: The St. Catherine Press, 1910-59. 13 vols.The most complete historical record of the British peerage, giving full biographical data and pedigree. The volumes are well documented and include bibliographical references to sources of information. Volume 13 covers peerage creations from 1901 to 1938. The arrangement of all volumes is alphabetical
by peerage. There is no comprehensive index to the Complete Peerage.
Alderman Reference
CS420 .D32 2000
Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage; with Her Majesty’s Royal Warrant Holders. Ed. P. W. Montague-Smith. London: Debrett’s Peerage Limited, 1976-<present>Older editions in Alderman Stacks. Does not supply complete lineage; however, coverage of female collaterals is much more extensive than Burke’s Peerage.
Alderman Reference
CS498 .M3 1957
MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families: Their Names, Arms, and Origins. Dublin: Hodges Figgis, 1957.
Alderman Reference
CS498.M32 1960
MacLysaght, Edward. More Irish Families. Galway and Dublin: O’Gorman, 1960.
Alderman Reference
CS468.P3 1904
Paul, Sir James Balfour, ed. The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood’s Edition of Sir Robert Douglas’s Peerage of Scotland; Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-14. 9 vols.Narrative biographies of titleholders and all issue in the male line. Volume 9 contains a comprehensive name index.
Royal Genealogies Royal Genealogies.
Family trees for many royal European families from Charlemagne, King of the Franks to Princess Zorka of Montenegro. Coverage is best for Great Britain. Includes handy index.
Alderman Reference
CS429.S3 1960
Sanders, I. J. English Baronies: A Study of Their Origin and Descent. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960.Histories of more than 200 estates, concentrating upon the descent of the barony. There is a comprehensive index.
Alderman Reference
CS419 .W3 1871
Walford, Edward. The county families of the United Kingdom : or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of Great Britain and Ireland. 6th ed. London: Robert Hardwicke, 1871.Descent, births, marriages, education and appointments, heirs apparent or presumptive, and offices and residences are all included in this work. It may be viewed as a “dictionary of the upper ten thousand” in British society in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The arrangement is alphabetical.