Genealogy: 150 questions to ask family members about their lives

Genealogy 150 questions to ask family members about their livesBy Barry J. Ewell

Well-crafted, open-ended questions can yield fruitful results when you interview family for purposes of family history. The following is an outline of questions you may want to consider. Take time to tailor the questions to the person you are interviewing.

When you are ready to conduct an interview, have the questions in front of you to make sure you are getting the information you desire. Conversations about family can go many directions. When possible, record the interview on audio or video.

  1. What is your full name and why were you named that? (Maiden name for females)
  2. Were you named after someone else?
  3. Did you have a nickname as you were growing up?
  4. If you did, what was it and why did they call you that?
  5. Have you had any other nicknames as an adult? Continue reading

1000-plus Questions to ask family members about their lives

Guide to Writing Family HistoryBy Barry J. Ewell

Conduct oral interviews to uncover important clues and forge relationships that will dramatically speed research. Learn the easy to follow steps in writing, researching, and publishing your personal and family history. Over 1,000 questions across 95 topics organized so you can easily begin a conversation and explore a topic.

  • Price $3.99
  • Pages: 294 pp.
  • Published: 2016

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Guide to Writing Your Personal and Family History

Guide to Writing Family HistoryBy Barry J. Ewell

Conduct oral interviews to uncover important clues and forge relationships that will dramatically speed research. Learn the easy to follow steps in writing, researching, and publishing your personal and family history. Over 1,000 questions across 95 topics organized so you can easily begin a conversation and explore a topic.

  • Price $3.99
  • Pages: 294 pp.
  • Published: 2016

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Genealogy: Following every clue leads to genealogy success

Following every clue leads to genealogy successBy Barry J. Ewell

Whenever possible, I make it a practice to collaborate with other genealogists on researching specific family lines. As a team, we will review our research, analyzing documentation, notes and logs. We identify the key questions we want to research. We develop a research task list for researching each question. We assign tasks and deadlines. And we schedule regular meetings to review, compare, and discuss projects and research. Continue reading

Sharing Family History: Give a gift of family history

Sharing Family History: Give a gift of family historyBy Barry J. Ewell

Craft a heritage gift
Make a gift of family history. Homemade gifts are often inexpensive but are favorites with the recipients. They don’t have to be anything complicated either. Gifts can range from a picture frame with photos of a favorite ancestor and Christmas ornaments to heritage quilts. Making a family heritage gift is often more fun than giving one!  Continue reading

Sharing Family History: Write and share your story

Sharing Family History: Write and share your storyBy Barry J. Ewell

Create a family newsletter
Consider creating a family newsletter. Get others involved. Be creative. A well-written newsletter is a great way of keeping families together. Newsletters can include stories about an ancestor or share research successes and assignments. You might have an entire issue dedicated to family history or a regular feature on family history. It can be circulated every month or four times a year. Make sure Grandparents, parents and children each write. Continue reading

Sharing Family History: 16 ideas for family activities

Sharing Family History: 16 ideas for family activitiesBy Barry J. Ewell

Create a regularly scheduled family history activity
Take the opportunity to help your family gain an interest in family history by creating a regularly scheduled activity that is fun and engaging for the whole family.  The following 15 ideas and activities will get you started with your family:

  • Buy a map of the United States or the world and use stickers or pins to show where your ancestors lived and how they migrated. Continue reading