I’m so excited! We finally got started on the Family History Project! We intend to take the idea of creating a ‘family tree’ and expand it to collecting information, pictures, videos, stories, and other information about as many family members as we can.
I created a gmail account to give us a place to coordinate our communication with family and friends. I also started a website on WordPress.com to compile the information we gather. Some parts will be visible to anyone. We will utilize the password protection feature to make other parts accessible only to family and friends. The ‘bones’ of the site are done. Now I am eager to start adding information!
I am creating a ‘Personal History Questionnaire’ with many questions to help family members get started recording their lives and those of their deceased loved ones. We eventually hope to include stories from friends and family, pictures, and other information. It’s a huge project that will take some time, but we are very enthusiastic about it.
I have already used several resources and am sure I will find others. Here is what has been helpful so far…
About.com – Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews by Kimberly Powell
About.com – How To Interview a Relative by Kimberly Powell
Deseret News – Genealogy: 150 questions to ask family members about their lives by Barry Ewell
Family Search – 52 Questions in 52 Weeks: Writing Your Life Story Has Never Been Easier by Steve Anderson
Family Tree Magazine – 20 Questions for Interviewing Relatives
The Armchair Genealogist – Family History Interview Questions
UCLA Library: Center for Oral History Research – Family History Sample Outline and Questions
One of the first histories we will be working on will be for Mic’s mom, who passed away unexpectedly two years ago. Tbear never got to meet her. We want her descendants to know who she was and what her life was like. Here’s to getting a start on recording our family history for all of us to enjoy now and to pass on to future generations!