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Just Launched – The Largest Searchable Online Yearbook Collection

Posted by Heather Erickson on August 27, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site

If you’re a family historian that enjoys getting to know your ancestors, you’ll love our new U.S. School Yearbook collection. Now, with more than 60 million yearbook records available, you just might find that grandpa was voted class clown or even discover great-grandma’s salutatory speech.

The new U.S. School Yearbook collection makes starting your family history even easier by adding an entirely new dimension to your research. Yearbooks contain graduation and candid photos, which add insight into an ancestor’s extracurricular activities in school. Along with our ever-expanding database of billions of other historical records, the U.S. School Yearbook collection will help you discover the deeper details about your ancestors that you may have not otherwise been able to find.

Like Barbara Lily, who experienced an amazing discovery in the yearbook collection.  Her father’s parents were immigrants and too busy raising 7 children to worry about taking pictures. So Barbara had never seen any pictures of her father in his childhood…that is until she stumbled across the U.S. School Yearbook collection and found a 1928 photo of her father in 8th grade. Barbara couldn’t believe the face that stared back at her. Long after time had taken her father, history had held onto a piece of him, and helped Barbara discover a part of her father that she had never known.

The new U.S. School Yearbook collection is fully searchable by name, state, city, school, year and even estimated date of birth. So even if you have searched this database before, with the addition of millions of records, you’re bound to find something new.

This addition makes Ancestry.com the home to the world’s largest searchable online yearbook collection. The records, consisting of 10,000 yearbooks, came from high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges, and universities—military, public, parochial, and private.  The collection covers almost every state in the United States and spans over 100 years (1875-1988).

So, for anyone interested in discovering their ancestors in the new yearbook collection, visit www.ancestry.com/yearbook to search the full collection of 60 million records.

Once you have found your ancestor in a yearbook, keep your eyes open for class histories, nicknames, statement of aspirations and involvement in clubs and other activities. The U.S. School Yearbook collection gives an amazing opportunity to find out new things about your ancestors.

About Heather Erickson
Heather Erickson is Head of Global Communications for Ancestry.com and has been with the company since 2009.

9 comments

Comments
1 JesseAugust 27, 2010 at 7:29 am

The blog link to the page is broken.

2 Heather EricksonAugust 27, 2010 at 8:05 am

Thanks for the heads up. The link has now been fixed.

3 ValerieAugust 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

Would it be possible to list the new yearbooks or at least the cities that have been updated? I’ve started searching this database for my ancestors but haven’t turned up any new results – just the same results that I’ve gotten each time I search this database.

4 TaneyaAugust 27, 2010 at 10:29 am

I too would second the request for a list of the specific new items. Otherwise, it is difficult to know what is truly *new.* Also, I have a question about the Submit Your Yearbook function. Is it possible to do this with newspapers on microfilm too? Is there someone I can speak with?

5 EleanorAugust 27, 2010 at 10:30 am

The entry selection for Jefferson City, Andrew, Missouri USA is incorrect. It should be Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA.

6 AtreegrowsinbrooklynAugust 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Heather: there is a listing for El Dorado High School in Pennsylvania that should be Lampeter Strasburg High School. El Dorado is their yearbook, not the name of their school.

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8 ralphm66September 1, 2010 at 9:45 am

Looking at a junior high school yearbook had all the group class pictures ‘standing on end’. That makes for a sore neck in a short period of time trying to see details.

Is it not possible to include the ability to rotate the yearbook page?

9 DannieBSeptember 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Delighted to have found photos of 2 first cousins of my father with the latest updates.

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