Alumni records are part directories, part newspapers, and magazines, part biographies, part obituaries, part yearbooks, part vital records, etc. You get the idea. If you are seeking genealogy clues, these “records’ are full of them. All of the information is derivative, but it can provide leads for you to search for original documents. And if you are documenting a person’s family story, well, there’s a ton of that kind of information too.
So what am I including in Alumni Records?
- Alumni directories
- Alumni registers
- Alumni newsletters, bulletins, newspapers, and magazines
- Commencement programs
And what information is available in them?
- Graduation dates and degree(s) received
- Current photos and/or those of their family
- Current address lists
- Where are they now and what are they doing?
- Obituaries and “In Memoriam”
- Children born to the alumnus
- Deaths in their family
- Life achievements and awards
- Interesting stories about the alumnus and their family
Below is a list of links to free online alumni record and index collections for the states:
(Updated October 2023)
- Free District of Columbia Online Alumni Records
- Free Delaware Online Alumni Records
- Free Maryland Online Alumni Records
- Free New Jersey Online Alumni Records
- Free New York Online Alumni Records
- Free Pennsylvania Online Alumni Records
- Free Virginia Online Alumni Records
- Free West Virginia Online Alumni Records
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!