The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who’ve shaped all walks of British life—from the Romans to the 21st century. Published online, and extended three times a year, the ODNB includes more than 60,000 life stories.
Public libraries in Flintshire subscribe to the Oxford DNB, which means you can look for people either in the library or from home (or anywhere, anytime) using your library membership number as a personal log-in. You can gain access via Flintshire libraries’ Reference Online or the Oxford DNB online, adding your number.
With access Flintshire, Britain, and indeed the world, is your online oyster.
The Oxford DNB includes more than 150 men and women with connections to Flintshire—from the 14th-century poet, Dafydd Ddu o Hiraddug, to the boxer Randolph Turpin (1928-1966) and Huw Edwards (1892-1970), the so-called ‘first prime minister of Wales’.
In between you’ll find many sons and daughters of the region, including the philanthropist and political wife Catherine Gladstone (1812-1900), Mold-born novelist Daniel Owen (1836-1895), and the atomic weapons expert Sir John Rowlands (1915-2006).
You can also search within Flintshire, allowing you to find 60 people baptized in or near the county, 16 former pupils of Flintshire schools; and 94 one-time residents.
Across the ODNB’s 70 million words, you’ll also find 275 references to Flintshire, 1415 to Gladstone, 26 to the River Dee, and 4 to Connah’s Quay.
It’s easy to search by place in the Oxford DNB as the following section explains.
The Oxford DNB includes the life stories of more than 60,000 men and women. Online you can search for where they were born, baptized, lived, died or were buried, searching by county, town, village, church, and street.
- You can find people near you—be they one-time residents of Princes Street, Edinburgh (45), sons and daughters of Whitby (24), or those buried in Exeter (112)—and how this can be used for school projects or family history.
- Text searching across the ODNB’s 65 million words, you can also make links between people and places: for example, we’ve 92 references to Clapham Common, 23 to the River Trent, and 40 to Snowdonia.
Listen to a life
Every two weeks the ODNB releases a biography podcast. There are more than 250 episodes to choose from, including John Lennon, Madame Tussaud, Morecambe and Wise, Roald Dahl, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.