In addition, you may learn about ancestors who were faculty at the school, college, or other institution. For example, I recently found an entry for my great-uncle, John Allen "Jack" Morgan at Middlebury College in Vermont from 1917 that significantly expanded my knowledge of his educational background, his academic employment, his professional affiliations, and the beginning of his academic employment at the college. The photo from the period was also a great addition to my collection. What a great find!
|Source: Ancestry.com Yearbook Collection|
Yearbooks may be among family possessions or in the libraries for the institution attended. Used bookstores may be a source for locating them. There also are digitized yearbook collections online at Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, Classmates.com, and other websites.
Here are some other images that I found in about twenty minutes in the Ancestry.com Yearbook Collection.
|Mary Allen Morgan, my father's sister, at Peace Institute in Raleigh, NC, in 1925|
|Samuel Thomas "Tom" Morgan, my father, at Davidson College in 1927|
|Sara Edith Weatherly, my mother, at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, in 1929|
In addition to portrait photographs, there may be a biographical notes about the individual's interests and activities while in school. Other photographs of people involved in sports, academic clubs, dramatic activities, and casual cavorting can add great insight and context.
Don't overlook yearbook collections in your research. They can truly add a great deal to your understanding of your ancestors' lives.