Community cookbooks, commonly known as fundraising cookbooks with the plastic comb binding, have been around since the Civil War. They serve as a “city directory” of women with everything from names, residences, and in some cases familial relationships and photos. Learn more about community cookbooks and using them for your family history.
This was presented to a live webinar audience on July 27, 2016. 1 hour 35 minutes, plus 7 pages of handouts.
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- Always a joy to feed my head!
- As usual, learned about a previously unknown subject! Want to make a family cookbook now!
- Can't wait to check out what i learned
- Enjoyed this webinar and hope to find some of my ancestor's cookbooks.
- great category to explore
- Great speaker with lots of good information.
- Great speaker, no e-glitches, good info about resources I hadn't considered! Glad we'll have more webinars with Gena!!!
- Great webinar -- and gives me an idea that it might be interesting to search our Religious Community archives for recipes and publish them. I volunteer in our archives in the summer and we are in the process of prepapring materials for digitization. It's a painstaking process, but it will open up all kinds of things for us. Thanks for these wonderful webinars.
- Great webinar, I didn't think to search for cookbooks for genealogy! Thanks :)
- I have a large collection of Community Cook Books. When we traveled on vacations I picked up local cook books. Now I need to find someone to pass them on to. My kids use the computer instead of an actual book. Thanks for your Webinar.
- I have found recipes by three of the female relatives who raised me in a local American Legion Auxiliary cookbook. Thanks for a great webinar.
- I have several cookbooks and after the webinar I want to organize them.
- I love anything Gina does ! It was a great webinar.
- I never really thought about cookbooks in this manner before. Great idea!
- Interesting topic! I have several community cookbooks that need to be digitized and shared. Thank you so much for a great webinar.
- I've long been an advocate of using cookbooks in genealogy. I have a real weakness for cookbooks and own several hundred.
- Love it as There is a rich history in old cookbooks and now I see how to find them easier
- Never thought of checking out those old cookbooks I inherited. Great ideas. Another project.
- New info for me! Will now look for and in Cookbooks, etc. Very Helpful!
- Now I have to go through our cookbooks - my mom collected lots and I know that I often bought her Jr Lg cookbooks when I was an active member. I also would buy regional cookbooks as a travel as gifts for her.
- One of the best webinars ever!
- Outstanding webinar! I've been collecting community cookbooks for years and never thought about their connections to family history research
- Provided an alternate source for finding those elusive women in our family.
- really liked the presentation, was very informative. I had several of these communities cookbooks I had collected over the years and donated them to the library for their collection --a new library was interested in these and they were starting to collect them.
- She always does a nice job. Enjoyed Geoff's comments too. : )
- Since I love to cook & bake, this webinar was wonderful! Never thought of finding my female ancestors through cook books!
- So many new ideas I hadn't thought of.
- Some excellent suggestions for finding cookbooks I hadn't thought of! Thanks, Gena
- The presenter was knowledgeable, well organized and communicated clearly using relevant graphics.
- This was a different and fun one!
- This was a very interesting webinar and I will need to replay the recording. I've never thought that cookbooks could be so interesting with connections to global genealogy.
- This was very enjoyable. I had no idea the value of community cookbooks. I will certainly be on the llook out for them.
- Very enjoyable. I love the few family cookbooks that have come my way; especially the handwritten ones! Thanks for another enjoyable Wednesday afternoon. P.S. The after-webinar party is ALWAYS worthwhile! Please continue to do them.
- Very interesting to a cookbook collector like me.
- Very interesting. I have a wonderful church cookbook with pictures, memories etc. where many of my Norwegian ancestors worshiped. That book is a treasure. Thanks Geoff for another great after webinar party!
- Wasn't sure this would be my "cup of tea," but found it fascinating and launched me onto another search. :-)
- You think you know everything about genealogy, then along comes a webinar like today!!! Gena gave us a whole new look at where to find things about our families, especially women, and she does it so well. Thank you!!
About the author:
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. Gena is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. An instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media and Google. She serves as a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women’s social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives using material artifacts. Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of IDG’s monthly column, Remember the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestor.