This Is A
Brief Primmer On How To Begin
start with what you know. Begin with yourself.
baptismal, marriage or other certificates to ensure correct dates
and places. Check out this page for other sources
found in the home.
immediate family's details, in the order in which they were born
and their relationship to you. Again, using certificates, where
have your immediate family's details, you can branch out to the
families of brothers, sisters, grandparents or the families of aunts
double check your details and cross reference with the appropriate
older members of your family to get the stories only they can tell.
Once these family members have gone, there stories are gone with
Use a tape
recorder and let them know you are taping the conversation, but
be careful how you use it, some people do not like to be taped.
questions like: What did you do for enjoyment when you were younger
or what they remember about their parents or other loved ones.
an enjoyable two-way conversation not an interrogation.
When entering data
into your computer or log, ensure you note who or where you received
the information from. You never know when you may have to return
to that source to double check some detail, and you will forget
where you received it from.