Any descendants I may have, for example, will learn facts such as the name of my high school and the years I attended, and theyll get a glimpse of my teen-age tendency toward geekiness. Yes, Im a former member of the newspaper staff, yearbook committee, academic team and drama club set crew. Im so glad its OK to be geeky when youre a grown-up.
You also can see names of various award winners and, for seniors, the directory with contact information.
Of course, yearbooks show you all those great photos. If youve got family pictures of teen-aged relatives with unidentified others, try compare the unknown faces to photos in your ancestor’s high school yearbook. Names of friends who signed the book are clues, too.
The yearbooks now available through World Vital Records are from colleges. The following tips for finding high school yearbooks come from the October 2005 Family Tree Magazine. If you know of other yearbook sources, hit Comment and post them:
- Look up the school online (try a Google search or a site such as Public School Search) to see if it’s in operation. Then call the office and ask whether old yearbooks are in the school or alumni office, and ask permission to visit.
- If you struck out, call libraries and historical societies in the area, which may collect old yearbooks.
- Next, see if you can find any alumnieven one from your ancestors classthrough the schools Web site. (No Web site? Do a Google search such as graduate central high school anytown.) The graduate may be willing to do a lookup. You also can visit genealogical message boards covering that town and ask if anyone has a yearbook.