It’s either a treasure trove or your worst nightmare!

If you thought that you had hidden that old year book where no one could find it, you’re in for a surprise.  Ancestry has just added a huge number of high school year books to its database.   To find it:

  • Research
  • Genealogy
  • AncestryLibrary
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Schools, Directories, and Church Histories
  • On the right side there is an area called Featured Data Collections and you will select U.S. School Yearbooks 1900-1990

You can do a search, but that probably isn’t what most customers want to do.  They want to browse!  So you have to go up to the top right box and pull down the state, city, and high school:
You can adjust the page size to read more comfortably on your computer screen, too.

Not all of our high schools are included, but here’s a quick summary of what’s there:

Arlington HS 1909-1989 incomplete
Coupeville HS 1910-1989 incomplete
Darrington HS 1953-1960. 1976
Edmonds HS 1927-1989 incomplete
Granite Falls HS 1919-1989 incomplete
Lake Stevens HS 1924-1989 incomplete
Lakewood HS 1982-1988 incomplete
Langley HS 1953-1975 incomplete
Lynnwood HS 1971-1989 incomplete
Mariner HS 1978-1982 incomplete
Marysville HS 1910-1986 incomplete
Marysville Pilchuck HS 1971-1988 incomplete
Meadowdale HS 1969-1989 incomplete
Monroe HS 1946-1989 incomplete
Mountlake Terrace HS 1955-1988 incomplete
Oak Harbor HS 1922-1988 incomplete
Scriber Lake HS 1985
Snohomish HS 1943-1989 incomplete
South Whidbey HS 1987
Stanwood HS 1925-1987 incomplete
Sultan HS 1922-1988 incomplete
Twin City HS 1953-1959 incomplete
Woodway HS 1969-1989 incomplete

And won’t it be nice to be able to say “yes” when someone asks you for the old high school yearbooks!

Incomplete means that the span of years does not include every year within the span.  But Ancestry is constantly adding new content, so anything is possible.

It’s been a quiet summer, right?

As I look through the smokey haze this morning, I’m amazed that it’s August 15.  There has been a lot going on this year.  Time has certainly flown, hasn’t it?

We’ve had some significant changes in Information Services this year and I’d like to give you a brief rundown of where we are to date:

Joy Feldman now has the title of Lead Librarian for Early Literacy.  While it sounds different than Early Learning Coordinator, it’s really a better reflection of the work that Joy does with children from birth to 3rd grade and their parents, caregivers, and educators.

Emily Felt is our new Lead Librarian for Business Services.  Many of you know Emily from her time at Coupeville, Sultan, and Monroe.  She’s been a very active member of the Business Services Team and has great plans for re-invigorating our services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

I hope that you had a chance to participate in the IdeaScale campaign about the two vacancies in Public Services.  Our Lead Librarians are connected to core services and strategic priorities and they’re not limited to a specific age group.  When you have a question, contact one of them and be assured that your question will probably be shared and solved by the whole group–they collaborate!