The following press release was issued by Ancestry.com:
What Do Snoop Dogg and Warren Buffett Have in Common? Both Are Included in Ancestry.com’s Updated Yearbook Collection
Search Millions of Photos of Loved Ones, Friends, and Celebrities in Expanded U.S. Yearbooks Collection
PROVO, UT–(Marketwire – Oct 17, 2012) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, announced today that it has added more than 18,000 yearbooks to its growing U.S. Yearbook Collection. The new additions, spanning 1806-2008, include schools across the United States, from junior highs and high schools to colleges and universities. Visitors can browse this rich collection for a glimpse into relatives’, friends’ and celebrities’ past, from more formal class portraits to team photos and fun, candid shots. In total, the collection now stands at 53,000 yearbooks and approximately seven million images.
Available to everyone who visits the collection is a gallery of stars long before they became the focus of the paparazzi’s lenses. Notable additions include these previously unpublished photos:
- Snoop Dogg as an underclassman at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1988
- Warren Buffett, who lettered on the golf team at Wilson High School in 1947
- A young Owen Wilson at St. Mark’s School of Texas in 1980
- Kevin Costner playing varsity basketball at Villa Park High School in 1973
- Dennis Quaid‘s Bellaire High School portraits in 1971
- Lucy Liu as a part of the Big Siblings Club at Stuyvesant High School in 1986
- Mariah Carey as a sophomore at Harborfields High School in 1985
- Sally Field as a cheerleader at Birmingham High School in 1964
For those who are interested in browsing but don’t have anyone in particular to search, Ancestry.com offers a free 14-day trial for all new visitors to the site.
“This collection gives everyone the chance to see the surprising differences, and similarities, we share with our relatives and others and serves as a reminder of our own formative years,” said Daniel Jones, VP of Content Acquisition for Ancestry.com. “Regardless of who you are searching for, the Ancestry.com U.S. Yearbooks Collection can make the journey easy, informative, and, most importantly, a lot of fun.”
The yearbooks are easy to search — visitors to the site need only a name and year of birth to get started. From there, they can quickly and easily find what their current family members and others looked like as youngsters and what their interests were. On a broader level, the yearbooks offer a trip back through time, providing snapshots of each era’s fashion, culture and politics
For anyone interested in discovering their family history with the online yearbook collection, visit www.ancestry.com/yearbooks.
Ancestry.com Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 39 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.