This old African proverb, "when an old man dies a library burns," resonates with genealogists. If I could have just an hour more with my great-grandmother, I would have so many questions. Is there anyone in your life that you need to talk with before it is too late?
You need to know the best kind of questions to ask. For example, "how was your childhood" might get you the response of "it was okay." Interview done....
If you had the right set of thought-provoking questions you could get more out of the "library." Thanks to the interview experts of FamilyHistoryExpos.com, Legacy Family Tree 7.0's Interview Questions has all of the right questions and more.
In Legacy (Reports > Books/Other tab > Interview Questions) choose the subject of your interview...
- My Memories
- Your Memories
- Father Remembers
- Remembering Father
- Mother Remembers
- Remembering Mother
- Grandpa Remembers
- Remembering Grandpa
- Grandma Remembers
- Remembering Grandma
- Christmas Memories
- Family Folklore
- Life in Your Town
... and select which categories/questions you want to include, and you have everything you need to conduct a perfect interview.
You can even interview someone else about your mother/father/grandparent. For example, if you select the "Remembering Mother" interview, Legacy will give you the right questions to interview someone else about mother. Here are the questions from the "Family Time" category within this interview:
- How would you describe my mother's family life when she was growing up?
- When they worked together, what did they do?
- Tell me about some of their family excursions.
- What is one of your favorite, funny memories about my mother's family?
Notice that the questions are open-ended. You'll never get a Yes or No response to these.
You can select from the default questions, write your own questions, or even create your very own interview.
When you are ready, print the entire interview or save it as a text file, or even a .pdf that you can send in an email.
This "when an old man dies a library burns" quote was a good reminder to me to talk more with my "more experienced" relatives before it is too late. Now where did I put Grandma's telephone number....