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MyHeritage Knowledgebase Article Using U.S. Yearbooks for Family History Research by Thomas MacEntee
High school and university yearbooks grew in popularity in the United States starting with the use of linotype printing in the 1880s. Before that, yearbooks date back to the mid-1600s, often in the form of scrapbooks. The first published college yearbook was produced by Yale University in 1806. Since many ancestors extended their education beyond the eighth grade, with a solid research strategy, we may be able to find them in yearbooks. Click HERE to access all the tips and tricks that I use when working with yearbooks for genealogical research!
US Yearbooks Collection at MyHeritage
U.S. Yearbooks Name Index, 1890-1979: 289,914,839 records in 253,429 yearbooks! This collection contains almost 290 million records corresponding to individuals identified and consolidated through name-spotting techniques and algorithmic analysis. A student or faculty member often appears in a yearbook several times. Part of the work conducted to produce this collection merges all occurrences of the same name in a yearbook into one record with references to the pages where the person is mentioned. Records in this collection will list the person’s name, often their gender, school’s name and location, and likely residence based on the location of the school. Additional work was done to identify the grade of the students to be able to infer their age and an estimated year of birth for some of the records. Click HERE to read the recent blog article at MyHeritage on how to access and use these amazing records!
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