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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #22: Family Recipes

Family recipes are about more than just food. They provide sights, smells and memories of family history. Which family recipe are you most thankful for? Who was the first person to make it, and how was the recipe handed down through the generations? Has the recipe stayed the same all these years?

This is a bit of a difficult assignment, because I rarely-to-never cook. I just don’t. My kids are grown and out of the house, so I don’t cook. Except at Thanksgiving…

Hence, my cooking doesn’t have much of a tie-in to my family history research.

There is, however, one particular recipe that is a big favorite for me and my oldest daughter. I “originally” found the recipe in my old 1961 Betty Crocker New Picture Cook Book. (This particular version is listed new on Amazon.com for $500! My copy is quite well-worn, unfortunately…)

Known to Ms. Crocker as “Hot Fudge Pudding“, it is a delicious blend of fresh-out-of-the-oven fudge cake and chocolate pudding. Yummy!

Fast-forward a few years to about 2005, when I am visiting my Aunt Jan. My Aunt Jan was the world’s greatest cook, simply put! Before chronic illness caught up with her in her later years, she was always in the kitchen, it seemed.

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So on this particular day of my visit, Aunt Jan brought out a bowl of chocolate stuff from her kitchen to me, saying this was one of “Daughter’s recipes”. “Daughter” was the nickname of my second great-grandmother, Sallie Hattie Lee Kennedy (1870-1960).

One bite of this chocolate stuff and it was déjà vu all over again! It was my Betty Crocker Hot Fudge Pudding! Aunt Jan brought out an old recipe book (very old) and there, also in Daughter’s very old handwriting, was “our” recipe. Who knew?

So which recipe came first: Daughter’s or Betty Crocker’s?

The world may never know… :)

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #21: Ancestor Tales of Hardship

In genealogy, there are plenty of clouds in the form of sad stories and hardships faced by our ancestors. These tales should not be forgotten because descendants can learn from them. Share with us a particular ancestor’s hardship story. How did these events impact your life?

My McBurnett ancestors fought in several American wars. At least 3 McBurnetts died serving their country:

  • Thomas McBurnett- Private, Company B, Cobb’s Legion, Georgia Volunteers, CSA, died at age 21 in a military hospital in Richmond, Virginia on 6 Aug 1862.
  • Joshua McBurnett- Private, Company B, Cobb’s Legion, Georgia Volunteers, CSA, died at age 20 in a military hospital in Richmond, Virginia on 13 Jul 1863.

It is unknown whether brothers Thomas and Joshua McBurnett died from battle wounds or from disease.

  • Wesley Paul McBurnett- Private, Company K, 141st Infantry, USA, killed at age 22 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France on 8 Oct 1918.

What is the significance of these deaths, other than the emotional devastation brought on a parent by the death of a child?

Thomas and Joshua McBurnett could have contributed greatly to their family’s financial recovery following the Civil War. And Wesley Paul McBurnett… what might have been?

And how did these tragedies affect me?

To read about the Civil War and World War I is to read about facts. Dates, locations, troop strengths, casualty figures. Cold, impersonal, distant facts. It’s too easy to open a book, look at photographs and read text, and know about the Civil War. Or World War I.

Abstract knowledge.

But when some of the people who make up those troop strengths and casualty figures are family, with parents and grandparents and connections to me, then the facts are no longer cold, impersonal and distant.

Members of my family died in the Civil War.

A member of my family died in World War I.

My family.

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 


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Last Week’s Research Activities (or lack thereof…)

After a short sabbatical for “Spring Cleaning” (I really did get a lot done around my house), it’s Genealogy-Time once again!

So, to pick up where I left off:

Research and document my findings for

  1. Ambrose Knox
  2. Mary Reed
  3. Sophia Unknown
  4. Loyal Appling
  5. Alfred Stanley Appling