Back to School

A one room school house at Westfield Heritage Village.

A one room schoolhouse at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario.

Ever wonder how smart your ancestors were? Were they good students? How far did they go in school? Or did they teach?

Now that September is here and it’s back to school time, I got wondering about what school records were available for family historians.

The Archives of Ontario offers a research guide to accessing “Teacher and Student Records”.

The Saskatchewan One Room School Project is a great example of a unique genealogy find! If you know where your relatives lived in Saskatchewan, it provides a list of one room schools and their geographical area. It speaks to the history, plus how war and the depression affected education. They also provide a number of links to one room schoolhouse resources in other parts of Canada.

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today" ― Malcolm XA Virtual Schoolhouse is an interesting history lesson on education in Canada. It takes you as far back as the 1840s, up to the early 1900s. It’s hard to imagine a time when not everyone went to school or were fortunate enough to learn how to read and write.

I didn’t find too much on actual school records and report cards, but there are some interesting school-related sources out there. These sites help to put a bit of context and history into a time when our ancestors may have been students in school.

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2 Responses to Back to School

  1. chmjr2 says:

    While I have not found any student records some local historical societies have much information on local school history. Also my wife’s mother taught in a one room school house. That was in the early 1940s.

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