For fellow Canadians Martin Short and William Shatner, getting into show business was a goal that reached back to their early years.

That’s the revelation from Ancestry’s new collection, which allows users to search records from more than a million Canadian middle school, junior high, high school and university records, culled from nearly 800 schools throughout the country.

According to the 1951 McGill University yearbook, future Star Trek captain William was already showing leadership as president of McGill’s Radio Workshop, and his yearbook records also show him to be a member of both the Players’ Club and the Red & White Revue musical theatre clubs.

William Shatner (cropped)

Meanwhile, SCTV icon Martin Short was active in putting together his high school yearbook, The Raconteur, for Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario. Yearbook records show that young “Marty”; (as he was then known) had an avid interest in music as a member of the Boys Senior Band.

Martin Short (cropped)

“Yearbooks are usually found in the attic or basement, so we don’t frequently think of them as an important family history source,”; notes Lesley Anderson, genealogist and Content Specialist for Ancestry says. “But they can provide fascinating insight into our ancestors at a stage in their lives that we may not otherwise be aware of, by highlighting anything from quotes and photos to hobbies and extracurricular activities. The new yearbook collection can help Canadians dig deeper into their ancestors’ lives, helping to tell a richer story of each family member and paint a picture of their personalities.”;

The new yearbook collection can be found on