Yearbook Collection Doubles in Size and is Free Through the End of October

Last week, Ancestry doubled the size of the yearbook collection. The collection now contains more than 6,000 yearbooks ranging from 1902 to 2005.  You can search the updated yearbook collection for free through the end of October. Click here to search the yearbooks.  In conjunction with this yearbook release, Ancestry also kicked off a yearbook scanning project. is compiling a nationwide collection of school yearbooks starting from the time yearbooks began in the U.S. These yearbooks will be digitized and the resulting images will be made available on our websites. The main purpose of this program is to collect yearbooks and histories from institutions such as schools and libraries, however, individuals with collections are welcome to participate also. Learn more about this project here.


13 thoughts on “Yearbook Collection Doubles in Size and is Free Through the End of October

  1. I would like to see my high school yearbook from 1965, Patchogue, Long Island, New York.
    Mine went missing when I moved to San Francisco, California almost 25 years ago.

  2. I find the yearbook listings very frustrating as it never is the person I’m searching for but a part of the name instead…useless!

  3. This is rediculous with a name like that,i got tired after seeing i250 times–so I tried putting in California as the state and kept getting it from other states

  4. I agree that the yearbooks are worthless. They certainly aren’t accurate and are a waste of time.

  5. I am concerned about the yearbook listings that include the birthdate and home address of the living students. Identity theft is rampant in the United States.

  6. I have two yearbooks that were my parents from 1940 & 1941. How do I go about getting them scanned and added to your list? I do not have a scanner.

  7. I’m told that the reason people do not donate their yearbooks to libraries, is that they have been personalized by comments and signatures that are too private to share.

    Is there a digitizing process that can eliminate the hand-written additions to yearbooks? If so, I have some that I’d like to see online.

  8. I agree with the negative comments above. The name I put in appears on the page as a first name for one person and last name for another. Totally worthless. How about a listing of the yearbooks that are currently scanned sorted by state, city and year? Why perform a search if the one you are looking for is not even included? An unsuccessful search could mean you have wrong info, but it could also mean the yearbook has not yet been scanned. It would be helpful to know the difference. Also, are they just High School, or does the project include elementary, secondary, and college

    Eugene Larson – 22 October 2008

  9. I agree the yearbooks are very frustrating. If they could search for the first and name together just as if you can search on the Internet by putting something in quotes. Also, if there really is a match, shouldn’t we be getting a hint from

  10. I would like to be able to search by cities and school names because it takes forever if your town is at the end of the alpahbet.

  11. I tried two different family names and yes I went thru a lot of junk but found some very interesting things when I did make a hit.

    i do not believe that I would be willing to pay extra for this feature though.

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