Cooking Your Family History


Who would think of a cookbook app as a place to share your family history? Our family loves to eat and we have a number of great cooks. Most of us are using the Paprika cookbook app for a number of reasons:

  • It has a built-in web browser so you can wander through a long list of recipe sites until you find the recipe you want. Then with one tap, Paprika will slurp the recipe into your app – with a photo of the dish if one is shown on the website.
  • You can select the recipes you want to serve for a special meal and Paprika will build a shopping list for the things you’ll need to create this meal.
  • Sharing recipes with family and friends who also own a copy of Paprika is easy. Just email the recipe to them and, with a few clicks on their end, your recipes are added to their app.
  • Each recipe has a spot for a photo. When you “slurp” a recipe from a website, Paprika will automatically include a photo of the dish if it is included on the website. You can add your own photo if you wish.
  • There’s a Notes section for each recipe. This is a good place to tell the story of this dish. Is is a heirloom recipe? Has it been handed down for generations? What special occasions is it served. You can also include photos in the Notes section. Nothing says those photos can only be pictures of the dish. It could be a photo of the cook or the event where it is served.
  • Is there a new bride in the family? The Paprika app would make a great gift for her – especially if it includes the collection of family heirloom recipes along with their stories.

The recipe at the top of this post is my grandmother’s Savannah Red Rice. The photo included above was of her and me at Fort Matanzas. The Notes section includes some of the other treats we enjoyed when we spent the night at her house. Is this family history? Absolutely!

The Paprika app is available for Windows and Mac desktops along with iOS and Android mobile devices.

FamilySearch Research Wiki

Online Genealogy Records by Location

The Research Wiki at FamilySearch is an amazing resource to help your research efforts. This post spotlights the section containing links to online records for states, provinces and countries.

United States Records
This guide includes birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history and military records. Also included are articles to help you develop research strategies, find various record types and other articles and websites that can help your research effort.

State Genealogy Records
Also included in the U.S. section are articles on record types, historical background and ethnicity.