Hot Chocolate & Genealogy
Hot Chocolate & Genealogy

Interview Family over the Holidays!

There's no better time than the holidays to get family together! And that's the perfect time to interview family.

Oral history is the most precious legacy we have, and yet it is largely ignored. These days technology and know-how abound so it is time to record family stories, traditions and life experiences.

You don't have to be a professional reporter or journalist to conduct interviews. Here are some interview tips to make it a pleasant experience for all.

Before the Interview

During the Interview

Following the holidays, send a thank you note with a transcript of the conversation. Let the person know where you plan to take the project from here.


This article appeared in the November 1997 issue of Hot Chocolate.

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