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School Records

School records are one of the most under-used sources of genealogical information. State and federal laws, however, govern school records. The current law is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student education records. Older records are available, some being found in historical societies or in local and state archives.

  • Ashmore, Edythe. Lest We Forget. Detroit: Eby & Stubbs, 1905. A brief history and biographies of the Detroit Training School alumni.
     
  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. Child Apprentices in America from Christ's Hospital, London, 1616-1778. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990. This book contains extracts from admission records for Christ's Hospital in London, which was a home and school for orphans. As many orphans were apprenticed in America, records include name of the ship and the state to where the apprentice was going.
     
  • Helge, Jan and Paula Malak, editors. The Greater Roseland Area of Chicago. South Holland, Illinois: South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, 1994. Alumni register.
     
  • Jensen, Cecile W. "The ABCs of School Records." NGS NewMagazine 32:4 (October/November/December 2006) pp. 51-54.
     
  • Michigan One Room Schoolhouse Association.
     
  • The One-Room Schoolhouse Resource Center.
     
  • Prentiss, George Lewis. The Union Thelogical Seminary in the City of New York: Historical and Biographical Sketches of its First Fifty Years. New York: A.D.F. Randolph & Co., 1889.
     
  • School Records and Census: Hidden Genealogical Gems. Southwest Florida Library Network.