This week, I received an invitation to my high school reunion. I’ll refrain to say how many years it’s been…I have to leave something to the imagination! Anyways, it made me all nostalgic and I found myself looking at my old yearbooks. As I was looking through them, I realized that yearbooks are full of genealogical information! A yearbook gives you a real glimpse into how someone spent their youth. It tells you what school they went to (which essentially tells you what area they lived in), what their interests were, and even who their friends were.
I’m fortunate enough to have access to my mother’s yearbooks. I can see who signed her yearbook and get a full picture of what her high school days were like. Even if you don’t have access to the actual yearbook, you are still in luck. Did you know that Ancestry.com has quite the yearbook collection? There are two ways to see if your ancestor (or relative) has their yearbook online. You can search their name and information in the “all collections” search on the main page. That should pull up any yearbook information. Another option is to go to the card catalog. Once there, on the left hand side, you should see the option “Schools, Directories, and Church Histories” click there. Next you should see the option “School Lists and Yearbooks”. After clicking this option, all of the yearbooks and Ancestry will be shown. This includes yearbooks from around the world. You can further filter the results by selecting the country, state, county, etc.