"Alumni Oxonienses : The Members of the University of Oxford 1715-1886. Their parentage, birthplace and year of birth, with a record of their degrees. Being the Matriculation Register of the University. Alphabetically arranged, revised and annotated by Joseph Foster."
These books have been at the top of the "wants list" for the Archive CD Books Project since the project began in March 2000. They are that important.
A typical example: Chandler, Richard, s. Daniel, of Elston, Hants gent. QUEEN'S COLL., matric 9 May 1755, aged 18; demy MAGDALEN COLL. 1757, B.A. 1759, M.A. 1761, fellow 1770, proctor 1772, B. & D.D. 1773, classical antiquary and traveller, vicar of East Worldham and West Tisted, Hants, 1779, of Tilehurst, Berks, 1800, died 9 Feb., 1810. Bloxham, vi.