Genealogy database site World Vital Records
is partnering with E-Yearbook.com
, a company offering online subscription databases of old yearbooks.
That’ll give World Vital Records subscribers access to digitized college yearbook pages from the late 1800s to 1960, containing photos, names, dates and information on school traditions, clubs, Greek life, ROTC, athletics and more.
Yearbooks come from schools such as the University of California, Berkeley, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, and University of Texas at Austin. Search each school’s yearbook by name, year and other parameters.
World Vital Records is adding yearbook databases one college at a time, and each college's database is available free for 10 days after it's added. After 10 days, it’s available only to subscribers ($49.95 for two years).
To find the free databases, go to the Recently Added Databases page
and check the most-recently added content at the very top of the page. Scroll or use your browser’s Find feature (control + F) to find a database of yearbooks from your ancestor’s college.
I searched the University of Texas at Austin yearbooks for my grandfather, who attended during the 20s. My complaint: I couldn’t find where you tell the years of coverage. When matches come up as thumbnail-size page images, you don’t know the publication year until you click to open the page image (the year then appears at the top of your browser). [Update
: This has been adjusted so a book's publication year shows up below thumbnail images in your search results.]