Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena searches old newspapers to learn more about an icon in American cooking: Betty Crocker. Betty Crocker is a household name that almost everyone in America is familiar with. But do you know who the... (Read More)

Julia Child (1912-2004)

This week the nation is remembering Julia Child – how much she contributed to our lives and how much fun she was to be with – via her books, newspaper columns, TV Show – The French Chef and interviews. Julia Child was born Julia Carolyn McWilliams – this week – August 15, 1912 in... (Read More)

North Carolina newspapers 1719-1926, 1988-Today

(Photographer: Marion Post Wolcott. Courtesy, Library of Congress: LC-USF34-52728-D) See what’s cooking in the Wilkins family kitchen … near Tallyho, Granville County, North Carolina … and all the other news recorded in the Tar Heel State’s old newspapers. GenealogyBank.com has North Carolina’s historical newspapers from 1719-1926, 1988-Today. Click here to search all of North... (Read More)

Finding People with Common Names

Finding people with unusual names can be very difficult but it is easy to find them on GenealogyBank. Today I was looking for Henry B. Platter and his good wife, Rachel (Bittinger) Platter. The Bittingers are my cousins and many of them are from Garrett County, Maryland. Now, Platter is an unusual name. It... (Read More)