Interviewing Family Members
At times you will approach a family member and
find him or her hesitant about being interviewed. Here are some tips to
overcome any resistance:
- Discuss why you want the information ie.
the importance of having history documented for other generations to
enjoy when the people in the albums are no longer available to share
Ask permission. “Would it be okay if…” are powerful words.
They give control to a person who might have very little to control
right now. Don’t give up if you get a non-committal first response.
What seems simple and straightforward to you might seem very difficult
or confusing to an elderly or ill person. You may wish to show the
person your scrapbook pages. If you plan to use a tape recorder, show
them this too.
- Ask if they have already written any life
histories they might share.
- Listen actively and ask questions. Often
a simple, open-ended question draws out so much more information.
Ask if they have other people’s writings that particularly speak
Source: Creating Keepsakes Magazine