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# Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Free Database (Until Oct. 30): Yearbooks
Posted by Diane

The subscription data site Ancestry.com is letting you access its high school and college yearbook collection free through October 30.

You can search the whole collection or browse yearbooks listed by state.  Often, coverage is sparse and you'll find just one or two yearbooks for a school.

You’ll need to sign up for a free account, which requires your name and an e-mail address, to see yearbook pages. I think I found a great-uncle on this page (arrow added) about special Friday evening and Saturday science classes at a Cincinnati high school.



A couple of things to keep in mind:
  • The search engine annoyingly catches first and last names that don’t belong to the same person but appear near each other. It clogs up the results, but fortunately, a little preview shot of the yearbook page helps you avoid clicking those false matches.
  • Remember to use your female ancestor’s maiden name (or whichever name she used while in school).
You can contribute to the collection by sending in your own yearbooks to be digitized, too.

Ancestry.com | Free Databases
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:53:46 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Thursday, October 23, 2008 12:26:36 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
This is a fascinating project, with a few problems. I immediately checked for any from IDAHO and found the first two I checked were actually INDIANA schools. Oops.

If you send in just one or two books, it/they will be cut for scanning and not returned, so it is a donation. If your state library already has that edition, it's a great way to spread the information, but maybe not for every one. Be sure to read the submission form. Also, anything after 1963 can't be copied because of copyright provisions.
Beth
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