04
October
2019
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02:02 PM
America/Denver

Genealogy Today: 'Measuring up' to our ancestors

Summary

I have a recipe for Sugar Cookies from a great aunt. It calls for “lard the size of a large egg, 2 medium eggs, a heaping teacup of sugar, 3 coffee mugs of flour, a jelly glass of milk, and a few drops of vanilla.” Aunt Dolly made the best sugar cookies and knew exactly what her measurements meant. But I will never attempt the recipe.

When there were no measuring devices like we have now, how were things measured?