Do you research school records? I’m not talking about yearbooks. Those can be found on the Yearbooks Page. I’m talking about actual school records, such as enrollment, attendance, and grade reports for example. These are interesting source documents because they might record the students age, birth date and location, and possibly their parents names. All great ways to find this information if you haven’t found them in other documents about your target ancestor. Besides, finding out your grandmother’s grades would be interesting!
If you wish to get educated with some basic information regarding what is available and how to navigate your research for school records, please read these summaries:
- 5 Quick Tips to Get the Most Out of Education Records
- Top 10 Strategies for Finding School Records for Genealogy
- Getting Started With School Records for Genealogy Research
So, what types of records related to schools are maintained and often available?
- School Census
- School Catalogs
- Teacher’s Registers
- Attendance Records
- Report Cards
- Class Logs
- Teacher Rosters
- School Board Meetings/Reports
- Academic Team and Class Photos
- Local Newspaper Articles:
- – Graduation Lists
- – School Activities
- – School Sports
- Student Newspapers
- Alumni Directories and Publications
- Yearbook Indexes
And, what type of information can you derive from these school records?
- Name (often includes middle name which is useful).
- Physical Characteristics – color/race, disability.
- Birth Date
- Current Residence Address
- Name of Father
- Name of Mother
- Occupations of parents
- Classes Taken
- Activities (from Photos)
- Date left school (can help with family residence relocation)
Check out the School Record Collection links at The Ancestor Hunt, which are presented by state by clicking on School Records
To obtain the one-page Quicksheet pdf for easy reference of what information to look for, you can download it by clicking on 26 Things That You Can Find in School Records
For all the previously published Quick Reference Guides, click on QuickSheets.