A biography is a history of a person’s life. In a biography you may find the individual’s birth, marriage, and death information, and the names of his or her parents, children, or other family members. Use the information carefully because there may be inaccuracies.
Some brief biographies have been gathered and published in collective biographies, such as biographical encyclopedias or dictionaries. Often, these feature biographies of specific groups of people, such as musicians or church officials.
Only a few biographical sources are available for Peru, and those include only the most notable citizens.
Two significant biographical sources are:
- Diccionario enciclopédico del Perú (Encyclopedic Diccionary of Peru). 3 vols. Lima: ed. Juan Mejía Baca, 1966. (FHL book 985 A5de; film 1162476 items 1–3.) This includes information on a variety of Peruvian subjects, including biographies of prominent Peruvians.
- Estremadoyro Robles, Camila. Diccionario histórico biográfico: Peruanos ilustres (Historical, Biographical Dictionary of Famous Peruvians). Lima: Librería-Bazar “Eureka,” 1989. (FHL book 985 D36e.)
Additional biographies of people from Peru are found in more general biographical collections such as:
- Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica/Arquivo biográfico de Espanha, Portugal e Ibero-América (Biographical Archive of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America). 1144 microfiche. New York: K.G. Saur, 19–. (FHL fiche 6002170–172.)
- Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica: Nueva Serie (Biographical Archive of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America: New Series). 984 microfiche. München: K.G. Saur, 1993. (FHL fiche 6131531–558.)
Collective biographies at the Family History Library are listed in the “Locality” section of the Family History Library Catalog under:
PERU - BIOGRAPHY
PERU, [DEPARTMENT] - BIOGRAPHY
PERU, [DEPARTMENT], [DISTRICT] - BIOGRAPHY
The National Library also has some biographies in its collection.