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Ancestry Expands its U.S. School Yearbook Collection - More than 150 Million New Records
Posted 24 August 2011
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Press Release: August 24, 2011 (Toronto, ON)

    Enhanced Collection Features Celebrity Yearbook Gallery of Today's Stars Before They Became Famous, Canada's leading family history website, today announced a massive expansion of the world's most extensive searchable collection of school yearbooks available online. The company has added nearly 25,000 new yearbooks to the collection, which now totals over 35,000 and carries 155 million records encompassing the years 1884 to 2009. The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes close to seven million images from thousands of U.S. high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges and universities. Many Canadians, or relatives of Canadians, may be included in these image collections if they attended school in the United States at some time in their lives.

    The U.S. Yearbook Collection provides candid photos and insight into a relative's appearance and extracurricular activities during their formative school years. The information and images contained in the collection also reveal insightful historical and cultural trends about fashion, style, politics, sports and social beliefs over the past 125 years. With the addition of the new records, family historians can more easily find what their current family members and ancestors looked like as youngsters and discover the types of activities in which they were involved. This collection can help tell a more complete story by offering rich details and providing context about the time their family members were in school.

    In addition to providing a vast resource for finding information about relatives, the collection also includes a special gallery of celebrity yearbook photos showing headshots and candid images of today's biggest stars before they became famous, including some famous Canadians who attended school in the U.S. such as Vancouver-born Ryan Reynolds.

    Other famous images include the New York Yankees future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter and "ladies man" Jake Gyllenhall getting smooched by his 7th grade female classmates. Other photos include Oscar winner Natalie Portman, American Idol host Jennifer Lopez and notorious funny-man Will Ferrell goofing off at a senior pep rally.

    "Our school years are often the most memorable times of our lives," said Managing Director Roger Dunbar. "With the additions we've made to our U.S. School Yearbook collection, millions of Americans can experience their family members' school years vicariously through the photos and records contained in this fun collection. These details are often difficult to find, and while you're searching, you might just find a famous classmate."

    Click on U.S. School Yearbooks [Worldwide subscription required] to discover if you have ancestors in the yearbook collection. "

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