2. Superintendent Records (Semester Reports) - These were compiled by the individual schools and were submitted to and maintained by the County Superintendent of Schools. While we don't have records for every school in the county, this collection of records is the most complete set of records that we do have. The collection covers the years 1939 to 1954 and are broken out by school district. . These were the records chosen for the first phase of the scanning and transcription project described below.
3. Other Records - Among the other miscellaneous school related records are County Superintendent Visiting Records for 1909 - 1910 which contains information on the school buildings, teachers, school equipment, school meetings, etc.; Certificate Records (of teachers) beginning in 1914 and going through the 1940s. Maintained by the County Superintendent of Schools, the years of these records vary by teacher and contain the certification records of teachers teaching in Iron County schools School District Account Book for 1925 which was maintained by the Iron County Treasurer and details payments made on behalf of the schools.
The School Records Project - Superintendent Records (Semester Reports)
Recognizing the irreplaceable nature of these records, historical society board of directors member Judie Huff, took on the task of organizing what has become known as our School Records Project. After scanning and knitting together some 5,000 scans, the preservation of the Superintendent Records described above was completed earlier this year. Historical society member, Mark Horstman, assisted Judie in determining the best format for the scans as well as in their organization for the transcription process to follow.
Federal law and privacy concerns limit what can be shared in the initial phase of this project as there are individuals in these records that are still alive. Until these records reach 100 years of age, the scanned images will not be made avaiable on the website, nor will any requests for copies of the records be granted. Additionally, there will be no public access to the records. Once the work on this set of records is complete, work will start on the other school records held by the historical society. Where the records meet the 100 year age minimum, images of those records will be made available on the website.
That said, there is still a significant amount of genealogical data that can and will be shared from these records.
First, users will be able to access a publically available master index of teachers and students contained in these records. These indexes will be added when the transcription process is completed. The exact format of each index is still in-work.
The full transcription for each school contains each teacher's given name and surname, the student's given name and surname, the school term (e.g., 1939 -40), the grade the student is attending, the parent or guardian's given name and surname, and the page title of the page with the information. The transcriptions and other information about the schools are being made available in the School Records tab in the Members Only area of the website as the transcription process for each school is completed.
The Transcription Process (Your Help Needed)
The transcription process is broken out by school. The schools involved are shown in the color coded table below. Table last updated 1 November 2023.
Schools highlighted in green are available for transcribing.
Schools highlighted in yellow are already assigned.
Schools highlighted in orange have been requested.
Schools highlighted in light blue have been completed.
Schools without highlighting are being made ready for transcribing.
Anyone can volunteer to be a transcriber. You don't have to be a historical society member nor do you have to live in the local area. You can also request a specific school that you are interested in transcribing.
Those that volunteer will receive an email with instructions on how to obtain access to the school spreadsheet and images assigned to transcribe. An additional email will be sent with instructions on how to contact the project coordinator should you have any questions
If you are interested in helping or if you have any questions, please contact the Project Coordinator, Judie Huff, at firstname.lastname@example.org .