Information concerning many prominent contemporary persons are of course available through newspaper obituaries and newspapers. For persons of royal and aristocratic status, there are thousands of published volumes available. Below I have listed some of the sources that have provided useful information.

Internet Sources
IMDB - Internet Media Database
Website - Medieval Lands : A Prosopography of Medieval Noble and Royal Families - Charles Cawley (2006 - 2009)

Newspaper Sources – obituaries
The Australian, British Weekly Telegraph, Daily Telegraph (Australian), New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Times (Britain)

Collective Biographical Works
American Authors and Books : 1640 to the Present (1972) (W. J. Burke & W.D. Howe)
Ancient Greek & Roman Women (2000) (Marjorie and Benjamin Lightman)
Annotated Index of Medieval Women (1992) (A. Echols & M. Williams)
Annual Obituary
Australian Dictionary of National Biography
Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (1994)
Biographical Dictionary of the Sudan (1967) (R. Hill)
Bloomsbury Guide to Women’s Literature (1992) (C. Buck)
Burke’s Guide to the Royal Family
Burke’s Peerage
Cambridge Ancient History
Caribbean Writers : A Bio-Bibliographical-Critical Encyclopedia (1979) (D. Herdeck)
Chambers Biographical Dictionary of Women (1996) (M. Parry)
Complete Peerage
The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt (2004) (A. Dodson and D. Hilton)
Contemporary Authors series
Debrett’s Peerage (1963)
Dictionary of German Biography (2002) (K.G. Saur)
Dictionary of National Biography
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia (1994)  (D. Horton, general editor)
Encyclopedia Britannica (1961)
Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers (1991) (K.M. Wilson)
Europa Dictionary of British Women (1983) (A. Crawford, et al)
Europaische Stammtafeln (both Prinz von Isenburg (1953) and Detlev Schwennicke (1978 – )
Halliwell’s Who’s Who in the Movies (3rd edit., 2003) (J. Walker, editor)
Heroines : Remarkable and Inpsiring Women : An Anthology of Essays by Women Writers (1995) (S. Hunt, general editor)
Japanese Biographical Encyclopedia and Who’s Who (1958)
Lives of the Mississippi Authors 1817 – 1917 (1981) (J.B. Lloyd, edit.)
Macmillan Dictionary of Women’s Biography (1982) and (2005) edition (J. S. Uglow)
Macmillan International Film Encyclopedia (1994) (E. Katz)
Monash Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Australia (1994) (J. Arnold and D. Morris)
The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992) (S. Stanely, edit.)
The Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography (1990, vol 3) (D. Carment & H.J. Wilson)
Noveau Dictionnaire des Biographies francaises estrangeres (1964) (D. Labarre de Rallicourt)
Oxford Classical Dictionary (1970 and 1996)
Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal (1994 edit.) (H. de Ruvigny) (all vols.)
Prosopographia of the Later Roman Empire (PLRE) (1971 – 1980) (A.J. Martindale), three volumes
Whitaker’s Almanack 1998 : 130th Anniversary Edition (1997) (The Stationery Office, London)
Who Was Who in the Roman World 753 BC - AD 476 (D. Bowder, edit.)
Who’s Who (1897 – 2006)
The Writers Dictionary 1996 – 1998 (1996) (12th edition, M.H. Ferrara, editor)

Ancient Sources :
Appian – Roman History, Civil Wars
Arrian – Anabasis of Alexander
Aulus Gellius – Noctes Atticae
Cicero – De amicitia, Epistuale ad Atticum, Pro Caelio, In Catilinum, Pro Cluentio
Fronto – Epistulae
Josephus – Antiquitates Judaicae
Livy – Epitome, Perioche
Plato – Alcibiades
Pliny the Elder – Naturalis Historia
Pliny the Younger – Epistulae
Plutarch – Moralia, Die mulierum virtutibus, Quaestiones Graecae
Aemilius Paulus, Caesar, Cicero, Cimon, Cleomenes, Crassus, Demetrius, Gaius Gracchus, Lucullus, Marius, Pericles, Pompeius, Pyrrhus, Sertorius, Sulla, Themistocles, Tiberius Gracchus
Polyaenus – Strategemata
Sallust – Bellum Catilinae
Seneca – Ad Marciam consolatione, Epistulae
Scriptores Historiae Augustae
Statius – Silvae
Suetonius – Augustus, Caesar, Gaius Caligula, Claudius, Domitian, Galba, Nero, Otho, Tiberius, Titus, Vespasian, Vitellius
Tacitus – Agricola, Annales, Historiae
Xenophon – Anabasis, Hellenica

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