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23 Nov 2016

Interviewing Relatives for Family History

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With the holidays upon us, here are some tips for interviewing relatives for family history, courtesy of the Society of California Archivists with a bit of my own experience mixed in. 1. Planning the Interview Place the recorder where you can see it, but where it is out of the line [...]

22 Jun 2012

Follow Friday: Oral History Association

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Today’s Follow Friday is the Oral History Association, a non-profit organization started by academic historians that has much to offer the genealogist. The Oral History Association advocates for “the oldest type of historical inquiry, predating the written word, and one of the most modern, initiated with tape recorders in the 1940s [...]

29 Nov 2011

Becoming a Better Family History Interviewer

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Want to brush up on your interviewing skills before you see relatives over the holidays? Becoming a better family history interviewer is easier with this straightforward primer: Oral History for the Family Historian: A Basic Guide by Linda Barnickel, published by the Oral History Association. This is 70-page guide containing practical advice for [...]