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 state:
Note: Some of the links listed take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. To take full advantage, please make sure that you are logged in to FamilySearch. The results may be different if you are signed in, rather than not.
(Updated September 2023)
Alabama Alumni Records
- Athens State University Column Newsletter
- Auburn University, Auburn Alumnus Periodical
- Auburn University, Auburn Magazine
- Auburn University, Montgomery Alumni Newsletter
- Birmingham-Southern College, Alumni Register, 1930
- Huntingdon College, Alumnae, 1856-1908
- Jacksonville State University Alumni Magazine
- Samford University Alumni News Archive
- Samford University, Cumberland School of Law Alumni Magazine
- Samford University, Seasons Magazine
- Spring Hill College Alumni Magazine
- Troy University Magazine
- UAB Medicine Magazine
- UAB School of Optometry Alumni News
- University of Alabama Alumni Magazine
- University of Alabama Commencement Programs
- University of Alabama, Huntsville Alumni News and Spotlight
- University of Montevallo National Alumni Association News
- University of North Alabama Magazine
- University of South Alabama Alumni Magazine
- University of South Alabama Commencement Ceremony Programs
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!