The Villages Genealogical Society
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Use holidays and family gatherings to relate stories to the next generations. Christmas and Thanksgiving are great holidays for this to happen.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
Use family gatherings to collect stories or to interview the senior family members. Make audio or, even better, video recordings if possible.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
Remember, family stories are not always true.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
When writing to a relative for information, make specific requests. Don't ramble! Offer to share your information.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
Make a list of all living relatives before you start your genealogy research. Interview as many of them as possible. Be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder for the answers or take very good notes. Respect the person's privacy.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
Consider using video tape for your interviews. Those being taped must approve this type of interview.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016