November marks the celebration of Thanksgiving, a holiday with roots in America’s colonial history. Both the native people and the European newcomers had traditions of ‘giving thanks’ for harvests and the birth of children. Feasting and frivolity were enjoyed by people of all ages, and the festivities could last for consecutive days or several weeks. Yes, our colonial era ancestors loved to party hearty.
While colonial mothers were responsible for producing the tasty dishes on the Thanksgiving table, their menfolk had a duty to catch, hunt, and gather foodstuffs for the revelry. They also organized the footraces and physical games of the celebrations. Which may or may not contribute to our tradition of watching football in our modern era.
Unsurprisingly, colonial american research tends to be a topic during November. The availability of tasty Thanksgiving leftovers are tasty bonus to taking a look at the new records and resources available to genealogical research. The Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club is hosting ‘Researching Colonial American Ancestors’ with Jane Haldeman on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
If you can’t attend the program in person, here are some free lectures which can assist with your research.
Scam, Scandal, Murder and Mayhem in Colonial Boston
Searching Genealogical Records in Colonial America on the Internet
Early Military Resources at NEHGS: Colonial Wars to War of 1812
Not All Colonial Americans Were Patriots
A great visual resource of colonial customs for ambitious cooks, scout leaders, and DAR members, is the outstanding YouTube channel of Jas. Townsend and Son. Their channel is dedicated to exploring the 18th Century lifestyle with videos on everyday chores, cooking, clothing, and much more. Earlier this year their colonial fried check recipe became an internet sensation, introducing new viewers to the daily lives of their pre-revolutionary ancestors.
See You At the Library!