Free Illinois 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 yearbooks are available online.

(Updated August 2021)

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

I am continually updating this list, so you may want to revisit later.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Illinois Links, click on the category of interest:

BMD Records
Divorce Records
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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  1. Do you know anyone that would like old yearbooks? I have my Moms 1947 from Lingbloom HS in Chicago
    And I have mine from Bogan HS in Chicago 1971-1975.I’m hoping to find someone to take them so I don’t have to throw them out
    Laura Tucker

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