Sunday, July 01, 2012

Church Record Sunday: Lady's Auxillary First Baptist Church Maryville, Missouri

 As some of my readers may know, I have another blog called Food.Family.Ephemera. Each week on that blog I highlight a recipe and a community cookbook for Food Friday. This week's Food Friday involved a church cookbook that really also needs to be highlighted for Church Record Sunday. That's why there is some overlap in blog postings this week.

from the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

The Directory and Cook Book compiled by the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Missouri is unique. It's the first one that I have seen that has "Directory" in the title. Many of these community cookbooks are directories of the recipe contributors and the  local businesses who have ads in the cookbook. These cookbooks serve as a  "directory of local women." In this case, that statement is completely true since two of the pages have the names and street addresses of the women from the Ladies' Auxiliary of the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Missouri.

In some cases "church records" may encompass all kinds of documents/publications and not just the standard ones we tend to think of that list a birth, baptism, marriage or death. This particular "church record" places these women at a street address and a religious affiliation. From here, other records could be searched  including the census.

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