Monday, January 14, 2013

Yearbooks and Alumni Publications

Image from
1915  Lansing High School Yearbook
Lansing, Michigan
Yearbooks and alumni publications can be a great resource for learning more about a family member. Many free websites include yearbook photos and/or biographical information, including, Google Books, and Internet Archive

Yearbooks for the College of William and Mary are available for the years 1899 to 1995 on WorldVitalRecords, a premium content website that is available for free in Family History Centers

Try searching first for the name of the school plus the word "yearbook." 

Scott, Frank W.. The semi-centennial alumni record
of the University of Illinois
. Urbana: University of
Illinois, 1918. Web. Google Books.
As this University of Illinois Alumni Record (fully text-searchable on Google Books) demonstrates, publications can include a great deal of biographical information - the individual's address at the year of publication, names of spouse, parents and children, marriage date, and other information particularly helpful in genealogical research.  

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