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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).