School Days – Your Ancestor’s School Records 10

School Days - Your Ancestor’s School Records

Summer has sped by so fast! It’s time to begin thinking about back to school for those of us who live in North America and other places.

Do you have school records your ancestor’s school days? Have you found yearbooks, photos, report cards or assignments saved over the years? What have you learned about their interests and hobbies as they went though school? Were they involved in sports, clubs or other groups?

Did they have best friends, favorite teachers and subjects? How about those fashions? Do you have photos of them with the hairstyles and clothing of the day?

If you do, how have your preserved them? Have you written blog posts with the stories, scanned the documents and photos to save for future generations or included them in a book you’ve written about the family?

Joining in this month’s GeneaChat is a perfect opportunity to share your family member’s school memories. If you haven’t already, write a post on your blog and share the link or leave a comment about what you have discovered. Share your photos or documents with us! Remember it doesn’t have to be a “new” post, feel free to share any you have written in the past.

As I have searched for and collected school records, yearbooks and other education related materials about my family, I have come across some fun items! The “School Memories” photo used as the image for this post comes from a book my uncle Gil Roberts (1943-1999) filled out when he was in elementary school. In it I discovered he was part of the “Safety Patrol” and he had pasted a photo of a girl who he declared was “just a friend”! Yearbooks have given me an idea of what was important at the time for my grandparents and parents and even a baby picture of my grandmother I had never seen before!

Newspapers have given information about school plays and performances. Through an article in 1914 I found out my great grandmother performed and sang in the school’s graduation ceremony!

Here are some of the posts I have written about the school days of my ancestors:

“Those Places Thursday-St. Joseph’s Academy” is a post about the boarding school my great grandmother attended. It contains photos and documents about the school and her activities there.(

In the post “A Mother, Sisters and Friends”, I share school photos of family members and their friends.

I’ve shared this link on past GenChat posts but I couldn’t resist doing it again! In the post, “Transcribing Love”, I share an amazing find on the back of one of my grandmother’s school papers!

Going back through the posts I have written about the documents and other items I have discovered while researching my family shows me how much more needs to be written!

Now it’s your turn. What goodies have you found about your family’s school days? Share with us by leaving a link to a blog post, or a comment about your finds. Feel free to add images of photos and documents too!

Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the August GeneaChat: School Days - Your Ancestor’s School Records-Recap at the end the month.

Can’t wait to hear what y’all have to say!

Thanks for GeneaChatting!

Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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