Free California High School and College Yearbooks Online

Yearbooks from high school or college are one of the most fun sets of records for a genealogist to search. It provides you with a ton of story-like information about your ancestor’s life. What their interests were, what sports and clubs they participated in, and often some goofy snapshots of them before they settled into being an adult. And of course, you get to see what they looked like.

Here are a few articles that may convince you to research these gems:

And here is an article providing information on where else you can find online yearbooks; some need a subscription and some do not: 

Below is a list of links to free online yearbooks from the state:

Please note that some of the yearbooks are not searchable but are an image of each page in the yearbook.

Please note that there may seem to be duplicates. If there are, that means that there are multiple sites where the same school’s yearbooks are available online.

(Updated April 2024)

California Online Yearbooks

To see free online yearbooks from other states. please visit the Yearbooks page.

For all Free California Collection Links in 24 Genealogy Categories, go to the By Location Page, click on California, and then click on the category of interest.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

6 replies on “Free California High School and College Yearbooks Online”

Thanks for doing this. My friend of 40 years ago lived in Lancaster, Ca. and would be in the Antelope Valley High school yearbooks, years 1976, 7, and and 78
Great indexing!

Could you please do Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove specifically the 2017 yearbook would appreciate it alot.

That’s what I meant sorry for not clarifying, are there any digitized yearbooks from Monterey Trail High School.

I regularly search for free online yearbooks. If I come across that one in the future, I will certainly add it to the list.

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