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Let’s Get Cooking!

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December 18, 2019

Holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends. For a genealogist, it’s a time to investigate the eating habits of our ancestors—among other things. Leaving no stone unturned (or pot unstirred!), I am always curious about the food that my ancestors ate. Italian and Scots-Irish—quite a culinary selection! Many recipes are passed down through generations, which are then enjoyed by family and friends during many holidays. Some have even appeared in books.

The Midwest Genealogy Center has many books to help you discover your ancestor’s diet. A Book of Favorite Recipes by La Fern McCathern Bigham includes recipes and a family genealogy. Stirring Up History: The Meals, Memoirs, and Memories of Our Ladies of Clay County by Cheryl McCann includes recipes and life stories of the original church ladies who published the recipes. Check out Mid-Continent Public Library’s online catalog for more interesting items.

I always enjoy recreating and eating the meals of my ancestors. What are you cooking this holiday season to celebrate your family traditions?

Bon Appétit!

Sheri V.
Midwest Genealogy Center

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