Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes from 19th Century America

Americans have been gathering together as family and friends for centuries to celebrate Thanksgiving: a holiday tradition of giving thanks, enjoying each other’s company—and of course eating. Recognizing their readers’ interest in food throughout the holiday season, many newspapers publish Thanksgiving recipes during the month of November.

One handy feature of GenealogyBank’s newspaper archives is that it includes digital, complete copies of the back runs of the nation’s newspapers. Newspapers wrote about all aspects of our ancestors’ lives—including what they liked to eat for their holiday dinner.

The following sections are from an 1892 newspaper article that highlighted the unique regional cuisine in Thanksgiving menus from around America. This historical newspaper article presents many fine traditional recipes from New England and the South.
If you’re a New Englander, how much does your Thanksgiving dinner differ from what was traditional back in 1892?
Here is a classic pumpkin pie and pie crust recipe from this old 1892 newspaper article.

In this historical Thanksgiving newspaper article you will even find the recipe for Southern style gumbo soup.
Find the best Thanksgiving recipes to enjoy with your family this holiday season in the New York Herald (New York City, New York), 20 November 1892, page 14. Go to the full article “Fat Turkeys, Mince Pie and Also Egg Nogg” to read about some of the old traditional Thanksgiving recipes of our American ancestors: http://bit.ly/uu6Q3n

GenealogyBank adds 14 newspapers from 9 states

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O’Fallon Progress (O’Fallon, IL)
Obituaries: 09/26/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 10/21/2008 – Current

Elkhart Truth, (Elkhart, IN)
Obituaries: 12/29/2007 – Current
Death Notices: 12/29/2007 – Current

Carver Reporter (Carver, MA)
Obituaries: 02/24/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 11/14/2008 – Current

Duxbury Reporter (Duxbury, MA)
Death Notices: 11/17/2008 – Current

Halifax-Plympton Reporter (Halifax, MA)
Death Notices: 12/10/2008 – Current

Lakeville Call (Lakeville, MA)
Obituaries: 01/23/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 11/19/2008 – Current

Sentinel, The (Marion, MA)
Obituaries: 07/26/2007 – Current
Death Notices: 07/26/2007 – Current

West Roxbury Transcript (West Roxbury, MA)
Obituaries: 07/13/2006 – Current
Death Notices: 11/14/2008 – Current

Bedford Now (Temperance, MI)
Obituaries: 08/03/2007 – Current
Death Notices: See Monroe Evening News

Randolph Guide (Asheboro, NC)
Obituaries: 12/18/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 04/06/2008 – Current

Anthem View (Las Vegas, NV)
Obituaries: 06/06/2006 – Current

Garnet Valley Press (Glen Mills, PA)
Obituaries: 05/16/2007 – Current
Death Notices: 03/21/2007 – Current

Oak Ridger, The (Oak Ridge, TN)
Obituaries: 03/07/1997 – Current
Death Notices: 02/17/1997 – Current

Paris News, The (Paris, TX)
Obituaries: 06/02/2001 – 02/24/2008: Scattered earlier data available
Death Notices: 12/03/2000 – 03/26/2008

On the road – Family History Expo – St. George, UT

This year’s Family History Expo in St. George, UT was a big success. This well attended conference is becoming the largest genealogy conference in the U.S.

This, the 5th Annual Family History Expo had over 1,300 people in attendance. Genealogists flew in for the conference from all parts of the country.

I was pleased to be asked to present at 2 sessions this year and to be the conference banquet speaker.

If you weren’t able to be there in person – here are the PowerPoint presentations for you to review.

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