STORIES- EPISODE THREE
Older relatives can be very helpful in piecing together
your familys history. Often there is at least one person in
a family who has assumed the role of family historian and
may already have accumulated and organized a great deal
of genealogical information. In Episode Three youll
learn how to get reacquainted with family members through
family history interviews.
- Use your pedigree chart to help determine what you
want to learn from your interview.
- Prepare your questions in advance.
- Check to make sure your recording equipment is working
properly and that you have enough tape, batteries,
and other accessories for the interview.
- Give the person you are interviewing time to prepare
for the interview, at least a week if possible.
- Ask the person you are interviewing to start gathering
family photographs, documents, letters, or any
other items that will help them share their memories
- Bring someone with you to the interview to handle the
camera or tape recorder so that you can keep your
attention focused on the person you are interviewing.
- Ask factual questions, such as, "What is
your full name?" but also open-ended
questions like "Can you tell me how and why
your parents chose your name?"
- Enter the information you gather in the interview on
your pedigree chart, family group record, and research
Identify your oldest living relatives and decide which one
you would like to interview first. Schedule a time for a
personal visit. Look at the information you have recorded
on your pedigree chart and make a list of questions to
ask your relative that will help you fill in the blank
spaces on your chart. When you have completed the
interview, record the new family history information on
your pedigree chart, family group record and research
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