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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - 20TH CENTURY ANCESTORS -

As more and more school records go on­line, it has be­come eas­ier to use this re­source. How­ever, on­line records tend to date from be­fore the First World War (although fam­ily

search.org has a Cheshire schools in­dex that goes up to 1950).

As well as name and ad­dress, reg­is­ters may in­clude de­tails of a par­ent (usu­ally the fa­ther), their oc­cu­pa­tion and their date of birth, which can then be used to search the 1939 Reg­is­ter. Find­my­past has more than 1,500 schools in its col­lec­tion ‘Na­tional School Ad­mis­sion Reg­is­ters & Log-Books 1870–1914’ at bit.ly/

fmp-school-reg­is­ters, and Ances­try holds school reg­is­ters in its Lon­don col­lec­tion go­ing up to 1918. To find more re­cent school records, check with the lo­cal archive of the in­sti­tu­tion con­cerned. If they have no hold­ings, con­tact the school it­self.

The school you are in­ter­ested in may have pub­lished old pho­tos on its web­site. Eton has a par­tic­u­larly good archive pres­ence on­line ( ar­chives.eton­col­lege.com), while West­min­ster School has up­loaded an as­sort­ment of film footage ( bit.ly/ west­min­ster-ar­chives).

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