Friday, October 17, 2008

More Yearbooks Available Online

Ancestry has recently doubled the size of their yearbook collection. The collection now contains more than 6,000 yearbooks ranging from 1902 to 2005. You can search the updated yearbook collection for free through the end of October at

In conjunction with this yearbook release, they have kicked off a yearbook scanning project. is compiling a nationwide collection of school yearbooks starting from the time yearbooks began. These yearbooks will be digitized and the resulting images will be made available on their websites. Their goal is to collect yearbooks and histories from institutions such as schools and libraries, however, individuals with collections are welcome to participate also.
Learn more about this project.

And from World Vital Records, "this week's major collection comes from E-Yearbook, one of's premier partners. The collection contains two yearbooks from California: Stanford's University Quad, and the University of Southern California’s El Rodeo.Stanford University’s Quad is funded entirely by purchase, advertisement, and dedicatory sales. Originally started in 1895, the Stanford senior class is highlighted while including information from various undergraduate activities. The Quad on contains 17,026 records from 1898-1959. “There are an estimated 180,358 living Stanford degree holders, including 72,284 undergraduate alumni, 90,157 graduate alumni, and 17,917 dual-degree holders.

The University of Southern California’s El Rodeo, was named in honor of fundraising activities by yearbook staff. Originally named the Sybil at the yearbook’s start in 1889, the change to El Rodeo occurred in 1899. El Rodeo on boasts 17,200 records from 1898-1960. A few notable alumni include George Lucas, Neil Armstrong, John Wayne, and Frank Gehry. An extensive list of distinguished alumni can be found at the USC Alumni Wikipedia site.
"Stanford Facts: Alumni,” Stanford University webpage."

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