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 below 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.
(Updated October 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)
- Boys Home of Virginia Alumni Newsletters
- Catalogue of the Officers and Alumni of Washington and Lee University, 1749-1888
- Centennial General Catalogue of the Trustees, Officers, Professors and Alumni of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia : 1807-1907
- Commencement Programs, Northern Virginia Community College
- Fairfax University of America Alumni Newsletters
- Hardin-Reynolds Memorial High School, Alumni 75th Anniversary
- List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary, 1693 to 1888
- Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association Publications
- Norfolk Academy, List of the Alumni, to May 15, 1927
- Radford University Alumni Magazine
- University of Mary Washington — Alumnae News
- University of Mary Washington Commencement Programs
- University of Richmond Magazine
- University of Virginia Alumni News
- University of Virginia, Alumni Magazine
- Virginia Commonwealth University Commencement Programs
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Alumni Association Magazines
- Virginia State University, Alumni Magazine
- Virginia Tech Alumni Newsletters
- Virginia Tech Commencement Archive
- Washington and Lee University Alumni Directory
- Washington and Lee University Commencement Programs
- William and Mary University Alumni Magazine
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
For other Free Virginia Links, click on the category of interest:
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