Hearing Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” again brings back the memory of caps and gowns and the walk down the aisle to get that diploma—even calling to mind what dress I was wearing under the graduation robe and, of course, the high-heeled shoes! My school colors and mascot and school song will be forever imprinted in my mind as I think of those special days gone by, both good and bad, in the education and formation of my life. From the graduation, there are the programs with my name inside and special academic successes of the graduates noted—keepsakes commemorating those milestones with each succeeding graduation that add to the genealogical treasures of a life.
And remember those days when the yearbook arrived and all your classmates passed them around to be signed? Those tomes are succinct memories of what went on in your school life for a year with photos of the students and faculty, group shots of the special interest groups, and special events like homecoming and prom. Getting them out again brings back such feelings of nostalgia!
Genealogists recognize the importance of such books, and here at the Midwest Genealogy Center, we have many types of yearbooks in our collection―elementary, junior high, middle school, high school, college, and university; we even have some alumni directories! And, we keep adding to our collection as folks donate them to us. You can look for them by your school name in our MCPL online catalog; just search for your school name, state, and the word “yearbook.”
I decided to have my collection of yearbooks scanned here at the Midwest Genealogy Center so that they would be preserved and available for others to see―even though I was not ready to give them up just yet. So I brought them in, and the FamilySearch volunteers stationed here at MGC scanned them for me, giving me a digital copy on a flash drive. They also saved a digital copy for FamilySearch Digital Library Book Collection. This digitization opportunity works for yearbooks through 1988.
So dig out and dust off those school treasures, and bring to mind those glory days of intense learning with the idea of validating your memories once again. And maybe even have a conversation or two with your old friends!
Midwest Genealogy Center