National School Registers 1870 - 1914
The School Registers collection is an amazing amalgamation of records from the National School Admission Registers and Log Books. With details of pupils from over 1,500 schools, you can find information such as; the name and type of school, name of pupils, address of pupils, and the names of parents and guardians.
154 schools from Surrey
159 schools from Lancashire
200 schools from Hertfordshire
153 schools from Cheshire
159 schools from Exeter
Simply follow the link above and then click on 'Browse School name'
These records are made up of both School Registers and Log Books. The Registers will allow you trace your ancestors through their school years for over 40 years and provide information such as: the name of the school, name of pupil, address of pupil, date of admission, date of leaving and the names of parents or guardians. Some may also include date of birth, whether parents are living or dead, parent’s occupation, and even whether the child has received immunisation against diphtheria. Log books were diaries kept by the Headmaster of each School. These give a fascinating insight into the social history of the time. You can see reports of and reasons for absence, visitors to the school, holidays and even reports on the weather.
These records include details of the famous WW1 poet Wilfred Owen. Tragically, Owen did not return from the front, but his poetry about the horrors of war lives on. In the image on the right you can see the School Admission record for Wilfred Owen. Owen attended the Birkenhead Institute and you can see here his address, age, date of birth and Department of School.
Other finds include details of lessons attended by pupils including Criticism, Sewing, Responsibility, Duty and Sympathy. Absence records also give us insight into the poor lifestyle of some of the pupils, with lots absent due to illness or because they were being sent to work instead of school.