Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New to Archives.com: Yearbooks!

You may or may not want to dust off your own high school yearbook, but it's undeniable that yearbooks have an important place in family history research. Today Archives.com is announcing the addition of over 3,000 U.S. high school, college, middle school, and military yearbooks to the website.

Now at Archives.com you can search over 300,000 yearbook pages, which date back to as early as 1904. These pages have been indexed by name and keyword so that you can search for relatives, old classmates, or events like "homecoming dance" or "state football game."

It's simple to locate yearbook pages:

Start by logging into Archives.com, and click the Search tab. You may choose to search for yearbooks exclusively by using the "Select an Archive" drop-down menu, or search all records. The simple user interface makes it easy to filter results by state, city, school, or year. Each result matching the name or keyword you searched includes the: year of publication, school location, yearbook title, and a full resolution image of the original page.

This is the first time that yearbook pages have ever been available on Archives.com. These 3,000 yearbook pages are the first in a series of yearbooks that will be made available on the site in the near future. Thousands of additional yearbooks (and hundreds of thousands of pages) will be accessible on Archives.com over the next month.

In this time frame Archives.com also plans to further enhance the quality of image collections, which will provide long-term benefit to members.

Yearbooks can enhance your family history research in so many ways. Here are a couple discoveries you could make:

  • Was your grandmother the prom queen, or captain of the debate team?
  • Did your great-grandfather have a high school sweetheart?
  • Was your father voted best hair (or worst)?

Along with these fun facts, this unique set of records may allow you to locate an ancestor or relative for the first time, or make other research breakthroughs. Learn more about yearbooks and begin searching at Archives.com/collections. If you have feedback about this collection, we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at feedback@archives.com.