alumni

Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.

The word alumni refers to a graduate or former student, typically male, of a school, college, or university; although it may be broadly used to suggest a former member, employee, or associate of any organization or institution. From Latin, the word, meaning "pupil" or "foster son," has several forms which can be easily confused; thus, the term "alumni" is often broadly applied. Technically, forms of the word include, "alumnus" (plural "alumni") referring to male graduates; and "alumna" (plural "alumnae") referring to female graduates. An "alumni association" denotes a school's association of graduates, male and female.

School records of all types can be useful genealogy resources, including alumni records: rosters, lists, directories. Different title may be applied to the same type of record. Alumni rosters, lists, etc. provide information, typically, on those graduating from an institution, although it can be applied to those who attended during a particular year or time period. Alumni records can provide some important missing pieces in family history information. In addition to naming students and their graduating year, information may include middle names or initials; maiden names; current and former residences or home towns; degrees obtained; spouse names; honors and awards; post-graduate employment or careers, etc. Although scattered, online and in libraries, alumni records are quite readily available for a great many institutions. Alumni association publications are another source for providing post-graduate information, including distinguished alumni/alumnae; activities; donations, etc.

Related Information
Bethany College 1916 Alumni Bulletin ($)
Chicago Theological Seminary 1879 Alumni ($)
Christian College 1930 Alumni Newsletter ($)
Colby University Alumni Obituary Record ($)
Dalhouse College and University 1889 Alumni ($)
Dickinson Community High School Alumni (1892-1926) ($)
Elmira College 1851-1905 Alumni Register ($)
Jacksontown High 1911 Alumni Banquet ($)
Kent School 1926-1927 Alumni Directory ($)
Lebanon High Schools 1877 Commencement and Alumni Exercises ($)
Mansfield High School 1924 Senior-Alumni Banquet ($)
Mary Sharp College Alumni 1840-1896 ($)
Maryland Alumni Association Univ. of Virginia 1905 Members ($)
New Hampshire Conference Seminary 1845-72 Alumni ($)
Pottstown High School 1902 Alumni Directory ($)
Quarryville High 1927 Alumni Banquet ($)
Quarryville High 1929 Alumni Banquet ($)
Roberts High School 1916 Alumni Banquet ($)
Society of Hughes Alumni 1873 Catalogue ($)
St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing Alumni (1903-1929) ($)
Toledo Alumni 1926 Directory and Handbook ($)
Tuckerton High School 1911-1922 Alumni ($)
Washington Univ. Alumni Assoc. 1921 Bulletin ($)
Xavier Alumni Sodality 1913 Anniversary Souvenir ($)
Yale Alumni Association of Fairfield County 1888 Reunion ($)

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