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World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS Online)

is the world’s most comprehensive and extensive biographical database, containing information on individuals, families, and groups from all classes and professions, from all countries and regions of the world, from the 4th millennium BC to the present.

One-time purchase of base content (RRP), subsequently annual update fee for new content.
ISNN 2510-3032

Previously, the periods covered by the database’s individual archives ended 2006. The editors of WBIS Online are currently reviewing and adding publications from around the world that have appeared in the interim. They are also updating the database with older, previously inaccessible sources.

As of now source material is being directly scanned. This offers better quality than the older microfiche scans, while also enabling direct access to the data. The new version of WBIS will feature the same proven search modes: Basic, Biographical, and Biographical Search.

WBIS Online, which already contains 8.4 million biographical articles on 6 million individuals, will be expanded each year over the next five years with biographies on some 50,000 individuals from a range of eras and geographic locations, thus further enhancing the database’s unique scope.


8.4 million original biographical articles based on digitized microfiches from the biographical archives of the K. G. Saur publishing house. 250,000 biographies from 300 new sources will be added from fall 2017 until 2021.


Original sources on 6 million historical personalities. Men and women, families and groups from all sectors of society and of all professions, from the sciences, politics, culture and economics.


From all countries and regions of the world. Addition of entries for North America, Spain, Portugal, South America, France, Italy, UK, the Benelux countries and Germany in the 2017 update.


Biographical information from the 4th millennium BC to the present. Published in reference works from the 16th century until today.


Whether you are a historian, sociologist, cultural and literary scholar or theologian: WBIS is the perfect tool for researchers who work on biographical topics.

No single library or search engine provides biographical information on so many historical personalities. The World Biographical Information System Online provides a detailed and authentic picture of people’s achievements, feats, curiosities and peculiarities.

From 2017 on direct scanning will improve the quality of the sources. Three tried and tested search options (Basic, Biographical and Bibliographical Search) allow for a simple and precise research in the database.

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