Explore school records to enhance your genealogy research. Not often used, school records include school census records and annual reports and more! #genealogy #genealogytips #areyoumycousin #ancestors #familyhistory
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31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips – School Records

Wondering what type of school records could benefit your genealogy research?  You are in the right place!

July is completely focused on providing you with genealogy tips that are …..well,….”out of the box”.

Welcome to DAY 13 of the 31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips series! Need to start at the beginning of the series or catch up? Start here.

DAY 13 – Using School Records in Your Genealogy Research!

School records are not often used by genealogy researchers. Many researchers are not even aware of their existence. Just so we are clear, the school records we use in genealogy research are not a student’s private record.

We are referring records such as:

School Census Records and Attendance Lists – Check the county records at state and local archives for these.

Granville County, NC School Register
Source: Granville County, NC School Register (NC State Archives)

Yearbooks – Check state and local libraries as well as digital collections. Look at examples in this large yearbook collection at Digital NC.

Class of 1915 - The Citadel, South Carolina
Source: Ancestry.com

Student Newspapers – Check state, local and university libraries for these.

Annual Reports – Check county records at state and local archives.

Home Records – Often report cards, special projects,  and class photos were kept.  Check with your extended family for keepsakes from one’s school years.

Have you tried to find your ancestors in school records? These uncommon genealogy sources can be a pleasant surprise to help jump start your research.
Report Card for Elma Talbott

Where to find school records?

Admittedly, finding these records can be tough as most are not digitized. In addition to the sources mentioned above check:

Antique school desks 

Check out previous posts in the 31 Days of Out of the Box Genealogy Tips:

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Have you tried to find your ancestors in school records? These uncommon genealogy sources can be a pleasant surprise to help jump start your research. #genealogy #genealogytips #areyoumycousin #ancestors #familyhistory

 

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