Family tree website goes back to schoolSchool registers help you trace your ancestors

05 September 2009

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Family tree enthusiasts can now be able to search school registers dating back to the 1500s using the genealogy website

The searchable records include the details of 120,000 past pupils and masters. It lists the surname, father's name, address, birth date and date of death of pupils. In addition, genealogists could turn up some interesting facts about ancestors such as whether they were in the school sports team, what qualifications they achieved and their chosen profession.

A spokesman for said: 'We are pleased to be releasing this dataset as the School Registers provide a useful source of quality detail to family historians in their research. This is a growing dataset and more School and Alumni registers will be added to the records online.'

Search the registers of famous schools

Schools included on the register include Sherbourne School, which was founded in 710 and re-founded in 1550 by Edward VI who took an interest in establishing a system of grammar schools providing free education for the talented poor.

Famous pupils

You can also find out whether your ancestors had famous school friends. The registers list famous pupils such as Winston Churchill and Sir Ernest Shackleton, as well as future Monarchs and members of foreign royal families.

An annual subscription to costs £30.

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