We all like to look at our old high school and college yearbooks and remember all those goofy haircuts, clothes, and styles of glasses. But have you considered other types of school memorabilia for your ancestors? As genealogists, we tend to think of 100 years ago, or more, when doing research, but we also need to look at items from our parents and grandparents.
When looking at school yearbooks, look not only at the school picture, but any others, such as Future Farmers of America (FFA), the basketball team, art club, etc. I located my father, Jack Sloan, in a 1943 yearbook in Swanton, Ohio. In his senior year, Dad was shown as a member of the yearbook staff. It was interesting to note in later life, Dad was talented in writing, having done a book regarding his experiences in World War II.
Image: Parma High School, Cleveland, Ohio, 1937, Leader’s Club and Booster Club (Click on the image to enlarge it.)