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When trying to trace one’s family tree, many people turn to birth certificates, census data, marriage licenses, and property deeds.
However, a presentation at the Williamsburg Regional Library this weekend may show how cookbooks can be an invaluable source of information for those exploring genealogy or regional history, according to a press release from WRL.
Tom Ray, a former Library of Virginia collection management coordinator, will explain the significance of cookbooks April 2 at the James City County Library.
Ray will be sharing the Library of Virginia’s cookbook collection — which includes cookbooks from across the commonwealth — with attendees.
“The collection can be a tool to research recipes,” Tom said. “However, more recently it has been developed in order to preserve local history at a real grass roots level. The collection documents schools, churches, unique clubs and organizations, and in some examples family histories.”
The Library of Virginia’s cookbook collection- and cookbooks in kitchens across the commonwealth- can provide insights into regional and family history.
“I think this is going to be an entertaining look at the genre and a unique aspect of book collecting,” Ray said.
If you want to go:
The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. on April 2 at the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Rd.