Its been a while since I last posted so I figured I would try a different approach. This will be the first of hopefully many posts that will provide researchers with links to resources.
Though I am not by any means an expert nor am I trying to replicate the many efforts of others across the web. All I am doing is trying to pull together in one place resources on various topics for fellow researchers. Most of the resources may be geared toward Georgia researchers but hopefully the more generic resources will come in handy for those of us who are researching in other states.
With that said, here are resources for School Records.
One of the best resources available to genealogists is The Source. Its the Holy Grail or the must use resource for anyone conducting family history research. This book is available in hard copy at several libraries, including the DeKalb County Public Library in Georgia but it is also available full text on Ancestry.com. Once you go to Ancestry.com, hover your mouse over the Learning Center tab and then click the Family History Wiki. Once there, look to your right and you will see two links, one for The Source and the other for The RedBook.
Or for those who like things quick, here’s the link for the book – The Source. This book has articles on nearly every topic related to genealogy. For our purposes here, we are looking at the article on School Records.
School Records are listed under the heading of Business, Institution, and Organization Records. Or from the homepage of the Family History Wiki, click the Records Type link in the upper right corner and scroll to the S section for School Records.
The article provides an overview of the various schools records from primary schools to colleges & universities. Also, there is special mention of ethnic schools, including the separate schools for black and white children. One of the key points shared in the article was the mention of where to find the resources – the State Archives.
The Georgia Archives has a record group for Education in its finding aids (road maps and inventories of archival materials) which include many sub categories, including the Negro Education Division. To access the finding aids, go to the Georgia Archives Website (http://georgiaarchives.org/) and click on Finding Aids @ Georgia Archives listed under Most Popular. Then click Browse Record Groups (Numeric) and select Education from the list.
Also, check with the historical society and local library of the area you are researching to see if they have yearbooks or registers for the schools in the area. Also family documents may contain report cards and other school related documents. Funeral programs may also give information about where the person went to school.
Also, check the Handybook for Genealogists which provides a detailed bibliographic list by state on various topics. Not sure if they have school or education institution resources but its worth a peek. You never know, it may come in handy with its plethora of resources. Check your local library to see if they have the book or search Worldcat.org. There are two editions, the 10th and 11th. The 10th is more readily available at libraries in the Metro Atlanta area.
Additionally, the School Records article recommends searching the Family History Library Catalog at familysearch.org for “schools” since the organization did go around the world microfilming records. Who knows, maybe they microfilmed the school resources where your ancestors went to school.
Well, thanks to one of my genealogy group members for asking about this topic. I hope this will provide them and others with some resources to help with their research efforts.
Thanks for reading. Peace and blessings until next time.