Interviewing relatives infuses genealogy with a wealth of stories and clues that are waiting to be harvested. However, not all interviews result in the type of information the interviewer had wanted when they coerced their relative into a painful audio recording ordeal. Okay, perhaps all the researcher had to do was ask but why did they not gather the gems of genealogy from their relative? The key is knowing which type of interview will produce the results you are seeking.
There are a number of interview formats to choose from and have benefits and limitations. Here are a formats to consider:
- Formal vs Informal
- Scripted vs Unscripted
- Fact vs Story
- Group vs Individual
Then come back and tell me how things went.