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Tips for Interviewing a Relative
1. Schedule a 1-2 hour block of time because it can become overwhelming to talk for a long time on any subject.
2. Ask your relative to prepare a box of old photo to use as props for conversation.
3. Try to direct the conversation, but sit back and mostly listen.
4. Bring a tape recorder to record your conversations while taking brief notes.
5. Ask them to follow up the interview with additional questions through letters or email if you cannot sit down again.
6. Use this time to verify information you have already uncovered, but mostly collect information you can only find by talking to people, like family stories and feelings.
7. Always send a thank you note to show your appreciation for their time.


Family Bonding Questions
1. How did you and your family celebrate the holidays?
2. Who was your favorite relative? Why were they your favorite? What experiences did you share together?
3. How did your family spend a typical evening at home?
4. What type of meals were prepared for special occasions or just a basic meal?
5. What type of chores did you do as a child?
6. What do you remember most about each of your parents and siblings?
7. What did your parents do for a living?
8. What community activities did your family take part in together?
9. what special smells and sounds do you miss from your childhood home?
10. Tell me about your family pets?





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Genealogy Research Verification Questions
1. What is your full name? What are your nicknames? What are your other names?
2. What are your birthdate and birth place?
3. Where did you live while growing up?
4. What education have you obtained? Schools, degrees, certifications, training etc.
5. What types of jobs did you do during your life?

Questions Specifically About Your Relative
1. Did you do anything that would be recorded in the newspaper?
2. What are your favorite songs, movies, books, and television shows?
3. How did you or your spouse propose?
4. What happened when you realized you were going to be a parent for the first time?
5. How do you want to be remembered?

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