Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your School Yearbook Photos

It is Genealogy Fun time once again and Randy’s challenge is right on point with free access to Ancestry’s yearbook collection:

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) updated their School Yearbook collection and it is FREE to access until 2 September.  Use

2)  Show us your school yearbook photos from the Ancestry collection, or from your personal photo collection.  Tell us the school and year.  Add your spouse or best friend or children if you wish!

Here is my senior school photo from Wayne Valley High School, Class of 1970:

I don’t remember being asked to write anything for our yearbook captions and suspect that friends on the yearbook staff gave these details.

A.F.S. was the American Field Service, which sponsored foreign exchange students. We had a young man from Turin, Italy at our school. We had a great time in that club.

I did become a teacher and, although I started with elementary school students, most of my career was with 7th and 8th graders in Special Education.

The Arts Society was great – we were only about 20 miles from New York City and got to take field trips to Broadway shows and museums in New York City.

Here’s Dave’s senior picture. He went to David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach, California, Class of 1969.

However, the only caption in that yearbook is the student’s name!

I also found my mother’s yearbook photo, although I had her actual yearbook:

It says she went by Dot, but while she wasn’t fond of the name Doris, everyone I knew always called her Dee. I guess that came later! She was in the Ridgewood High School Class of 1941 and enlisted in the WAVES after she finished school.

My dad’s yearbook apparently isn’t in the collection.

Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge. Old yearbooks are always fun. 🙂


3 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your School Yearbook Photos”

  1. I was in a foreign language club and we had lots of activities with the ASF students. Cool that your mother was a Wave.

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