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Interview Tips and Questions for Family Oral Histories

Family interviews are a great way to learn about your family line through oral history. Here are all the questions, prompts and interview tips you need to get started. Learn how to make the most of your interview time with relatives from our experts!



Oral History Interview Record Form

Use this form to record pertinent information about oral history interviews you conduct.


Free Family History Interviewing Forms from
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Family History Interviewing Resources

Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, 3rd edition by Donald A. Ritchie (Oxford University Press)

How to Create a Video Biography by Ira Heffler and Jerry Schneider (Life Story Video)

Record and Remember: Tracing Your Roots Through Oral History by Ellen Epstein and Jane Lewit (Scarborough House)

Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History with Videotape, Audiotape, Suggested Topics and Questions, Interview Techniques by William Fletcher (Ten Speed Press)

Video Family History by Duane and Pat Strum (Ancestry Publishing)