“Looking For Lucy”

A while back I mentioned that I wanted to learn more about my grandmother’s Aunt Lucy Durham. While I had never heard anything about her, I was intrigued as I began my genealogical research to see that Lucy had taught at a school for the blind in China. Beyond that I knew only that Lucy, born in 1853, was the 12th of 14 children, my great grandfather, born in 1855, being the 13th.

I have spent the last couple of weeks building the story of her life as best I can from sources available on line and in the published stories I already own. In future posts I will chronicle my search and some of its results. I hope that her story will engage you and that delineating some of my research steps might inform any who are trying to dig deeper into family history of their own.

There are two types of genealogists. One genealogist tries to trace her ancestry back to the Middle Ages. The other genealogist tries to find as much as possible about a couple of ancestors including their family relationships, vocations, education and migration patterns. I am the latter, intrigued by some specific women forebears.

Enjoy the picture of Lucy taken when she was 48 newly arrived in what was then Canton, China in 1901.

22 thoughts on ““Looking For Lucy”

  1. Genealogy is fascinating, especially the latter. I can’t imagine traveling to China in 1901 to be a teacher. Did you ever see the movie “Inn of the Sixth Happiness” with Ingrid Bergman? It makes me think of Lucy. Lovely photo.


  2. I look forward to reading more about your grandmother’s aunt Lucy. Her life sounds pretty amazing – especially for a woman living in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. I don’t know if you follow derrickjknight but a while ago he wrote of a couple of his aunts who taught overseas. (He is from England). Their experiences were something else!


      1. He has amazing posts. He lives across the water from the Isle of Wright and beside a phenomenal forest. He posts tons of photos of horses and other animals wandering around freely and they have a stunning garden!


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