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High school and college yearbooks
« on: Saturday 09 December 17 00:56 GMT (UK) »
A lot more college and high school yearbooks have been digitized since the last time I looked and many are available online for free.  It's definitely worth taking a look for photos if you know where your ancestors went to high school or college.  I found several photos today that I hadn't seen before, including this one of my grandmother in the 'Treble Clef' music club, University of Oregon, class of 1902 [Webfoot Yearbook, 1903].  She is in the middle row, fourth from the left, and was a 'first alto.'
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr

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Re: High school and college yearbooks
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 09 December 17 03:12 GMT (UK) »
Fabulous photo! The girls look stunning.

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Re: High school and college yearbooks
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 14 June 20 04:53 BST (UK) »
I've used yearbooks to pin down activities like clubs and nicknames as you mention, but they can also give you data as to when the schools opened or closed, changed names, etc.  It's also cool to see the photos of the school grounds and building interiors from the time period, especially if you could never get there to see the present building(s) for yourself.  My grandfather and two great-aunts were all public school teachers, but I didn't know when one of the three had started working.  I could confirm it using the yearbooks.  Believe it or not, the copy I found online had my great-aunt's signature in it!  (It's a thing in the States to get as many people to sign your book as possible before school lets out, or at least to get your favorite people to sign it.)

Ancestry has some yearbooks, but I suggest checking with the school(s) directly if you know the facility's name.  The first place I look is usually off the library link on the website, often as part of the school archives.  Many, many colleges and universities have already scanned their yearbooks here in the U.S.  If you don't see any or don't see the year you're looking for, email the archivist, reference librarian, or whoever seems appropriate from the website.   
Ellyette, Eleyett, Ellyett, etc.
Wood (Ottiwell)
Jackson (Ephraim)
Browne, James, William, Richard
Williams, James
Smith Adam