The Genealogy Sojourner: A Pioneer Of Good Food Found Here

Submitted by John Muller on Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:59 AM

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It's The Holiday Season, People Are Traveling, So Where Are Some Good Places To Eat?

With the holiday season in full swing chances are you're going to find yourself traveling in the coming weeks. You might even find yourself somewhere unfamiliar and want to know where the best places to eat in that area are. Today there are a plethora of options to choose from available by various multimedia means, such as roadfood.com for example. But back in the 1930' that information was much harder to come by. So that's where Duncan Hines stepped in.

Turns Out, Duncan Hines Was My Third Cousin Four Times Removed!

Here's how I was able to learn more about him and his connection to my family tree:

  1. Genealogy Websites: There are a host of sites available to aid in your research. Here are three to check out:
  2. Pioneer Chronicler Of Good Places To Eat:
  3. Memorial: A collection of information about him and his family can be found at Find-A-Grave

Recommended Reads

Family gatherings and the resources I've already mentioned are just the beginning. For more clues on helping to track down those elusive members of your family tree, try finding nonfiction history titles related to the time and events they experienced.

For example these are some titles I used to get a current understanding of eating on the road as well as further information on Duncan Hines and his pioneering work.

Book Cover for Diners, Drive-ins, DivesBook Cover For Serious EatsBook Cover for Road FoodBook Cover For Where Chefs Eat

Bonus: What's a "Third Cousin Four Times Removed"?

Not sure how a "First Cousin Twice Removed" is related to you? Here's a decent blog post about cousin relationships that includes a chart. This quote clarifies it pretty well, but check out the charts to fully understand it:

"What happens when you share a common ancestor but are not in the same generation? You define your relationship by determining the total number of generations that you are removed from your cousin and then combine it with your cousin relationship."

Additional Resources

San José Public Library has resources available so you too can do your own investigation and share the results with family and friends.

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