Posts tagged ‘open-ended questions’

Gather Their Stories!

The Holidays are here!  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or this year Thanksnukkah, this time of year brings families together.  In most families, there are stories that get told over and over again. Maybe we have heard them so many  times that we don’t realize that they are part of the fabric of our family history.  That story your Uncle Harold has told at least a hundred times, make sure it get written down this year. And maybe there are more details that Uncle Harold could share if you asked.

The following video is a short presentation created by Family Search that shows two different approaches to conducting a family history interview.  The second approach demonstrates the value of a pre-arranged, mutually convenient time and the usefulness of open ended questions which can’t be answered with just a yes or no.

Interviewing Family Members