southern Illinois genealogy

I became interested in history as a teenager and, later, became fascinated with tracing my family history. As an adult, my passion for food and cooking has turned into a passion for learning how food has played a part in my own heritage. Cooking … and cookbooks … have allowed me to glimpse into the past and meet many of my ancestors and discover what daily life was like for them. 

Niki Davis Rooted in Foods

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My friends call me Nik. I’m a Midwestern girl with a passion for dogs, boots, and blue jeans. I love food, I consider family my first priority, and I’m a sucker for genealogy. This blog is devoted to all of my loves … food, family, heritage … with a few dogs along the way. Welcome to my Midwestern life!

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge

This post is inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. The week 7 challenge is “Valentine”. When JD and I were married, my dad presented me with his grandmother's wedding ring. It was my "something old" to wear on my wedding day but he meant for me to keep it thereafter. The ring is Black Hills Gold, ...
This post is inspired by the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. The week 6 challenge is “favorite name”. One of my favorite things about genealogy is discovering names and naming patterns that have been used throughout my family's history. The farther back I reach, the more unique and sometimes unusual the names ...
Jake and Anna Mueller Wedding

Getting back to my roots was my initial goal for this site… and not just from a genealogical perspective. It’s important for us to put down that mobile device and reconnect with family and friends, to cook Sunday dinner like Grandma did, and to remember and retell the stories we’ve heard growing up so, in another century, our great-great grandchildren can continue telling the story of Southern Illinois … the story of us.

homemade sauerkraut

I only remember my mom making sauerkraut a few times when I was growing up. Mom used to talk about the “old German women” on her street when she was a kid. There were three: one on each end and one right in the middle. They all canned their sauerkraut on the same summer weekend. This was a summertime ritual in German communities. Tag along on my journey learning to make sauerkraut!

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