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While you should always critically evaluate web sources, there are many valuable biographical resources online. of information on websites, these are known to be reputable and can give you useful background information and/or point to other useful sources.
A daily index of published obituaries, with approximately 1500 to 2000 new entries per day. Intended for historians and genealogical researchers. The database does not have the obituaries themselves, but instead gives citations to the newspapers which publish them.
Includes information about Presidents and First Ladies gathered from several sources published by the White House Historical Association. Short biographies, pictures, and links to related web sites are included for each person.
This project by New York Public Library contains the full text of biographical and autobiographical materials related to African American women writers of the 19th century. Approximately 52 sources are included.
This site has biographies of women from many time periods and ethnic groups. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others.