I am on a quest. I am on a quest for a 1959 and/or a 1960 Bishop Miege High School (Shawnee Mission, Kansas) yearbook. I don’t really want to own the book, I just want to make a few copies from it.
This quest has sent me searching high and low for yearbooks. While I haven’t found the one in question, I was surprised at how many places you can find them.
- Midwest Genealogy Center – The first stop was my “home base.” They have a very respectable and growing collection of yearbooks. They are very strong in Kansas, Missouri and the Midwest in general, but you might be surprised as some of the geographic outliers hidden in the collection. College, high school and beyond. You can review their collection inventory here.
- Johnson County Genealogical Society – My next stop was the genealogy/historical society for the region. While your ancestor may not have lived in Johnson County, Kansas, don’t overlook the local societies. Local yearbooks are a perfect fit for their collections. While the board members were very helpful and willing to go to extraordinary means to help me obtain the book, but alas none was obtained.
- Bishop Miege High School – I also reached out to the school. I explained in detail the basis for my request, and that it was solely of a genealogical nature. And while very nice and empathetic, the school – as I suspect is true at many schools – has a very strict policy against giving out personal information on alumni. I understand that. I wouldn’t want the schools I attended to hand out my information. Onward and upward!
- EBay – I thought could it be possible that people sell their old yearbooks on EBay? You bet they do! There were north of 50,000 yearbooks on EBay, and more that 150 1960 Kansas Yearbooks! Amazing. You never know what you might find in unconventional places. But there was no luck for me this day.
- Classmates.com – Have you signed up for this website? To my chagrin, I have just to see what’s happening with my fellow alum at my high school. They have class links for every conceivable year and school to hook up old friends and promote reunions. But would you believe they have a gazillion yearbooks digitized and hanging out there? I was blown away. Indeed they had yearbooks for Bishop Miege in 1958 and 1961. Ugh. So close!
- Ancestry.com – They have billions of records and among them are thousands upon thousands of yearbooks. They have my father’s 1941 High School Yearbook. I didn’t know he was in the German Club! To get to the yearbooks, go to the Search tab at the top of the home page, then click on the Catalog. Type in the Subject line “City Directories.” I’m not kidding. Typing “yearbooks” won’t work. Then click on the hyperlinked “yearbook” collection.” Search subject for the city and state of the school or the name of the yearbook, i.e. “The Herald.” And again, no Bishop Miege Yearbook was found.
- Allen County Public Library – They have almost 6,000 yearbooks. You can search the card catalog from the home page. I’d recommend putting in the location, i.e. “Kansas” and “yearbook” to narrow down the results unless and again if you know the name of the book, i.e. “The Crier.” And again, I struck out.
If you’re looking for color and texture to add to your 20th Century ancestor’s story, I don’t know that you couldn’t find a better place than a yearbook. Pictures, stories, club affiliations, the ancestor’s awkward teen years are laid out before you in all there full color glory. Hopefully, I’ve provided a few options here for you to aid in your quest.
Speaking of aiding in your quest, if you should by chance know of anyone who has a 1959 or 1960 Bishop Miege High School Yearbook please, please, have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would mean the absolute world so someone near and dear to me to obtain a couple copies.