Family History: Who to interview, Organize a family, friends, and acquaintances list

Family History: Who to interview, Organize a family, friends, and acquaintances listA list of family, friends, and acquaintances is a good way to brainstorm people to interview. I began by organizing Mary’s list of family, friends, and acquaintances into the following three groups:

  • Group One: Family and friends she spoke with often during the last five years of her life.
  • Group Two: Family, friends, and acquaintances that appeared (in artifacts) at key moments in her life (for example, bridesmaids at her wedding).
  • Group Three: Family, friends, and acquaintances that were in everyday activities with her, such as a friend’s birthday or a group picture in the cafeteria.

I began with Group One, which consisted of ten people. I prepared for the interviews by developing a few general, broad questions that would help uncover information about each of the periods of my mother’s life and by calling each person to set up the interview.