Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ruth Lyman Copeland: Her Yearbook Entry's database, U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, is a fun and interesting database to explore.

Ruth Lyman Copeland is my grandfather's youngest sister by six and a half years. She turned 19 years old in the summer of 1926, just after she completed her two years at Abbot Academy, a private girls' boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, (which merged into Phillips Academy in 1973)., U.S. School Yearbooks, Record for Abbot Academy The Circle Yearbook, 1926, p. 13

Although she was born in Winnetka, Illinois, her family lived in Michigan City, Indiana for a short time in the 1920s.

I love these yearbooks. This entry shows that my great aunt Ruth was quite active at school: singing, acting, and playing basketball, among other activities. And the nickname "Cope" is often found in my family tree, for men and women.


  1. Some years ago a colleague of mine introduced me to his aged grandmother, who had also been at Abbott. The dates were right, so I asked her if she had known a "Ruth" who was active in theater (I didn't know about the basketball, posture, etc.). The name didn't ring a bell. I told her that my Granny Whitcomb had gone on to study theater after Abbott. "Not Copey!" she exclaimed.

    1. Suzanne - thank you for the additional story about your grandmother. Not the first and not the last Copeland to be known as "Copey"!