Re: Asking Family For Information


jbonline1111@...
 

I agree with others that it helps to start with what you think you know and ask them to elaborate on and correct your information.  Often they will say there is "nothing to tell." My father never mentioned that he had had a stepfather until I found a copy of the marriage certificate and asked him about it.  His mother died shortly after the marriage, so he probably didn't think it was important.  Yet it was with that husband that his mother was naturalized.  

If you want to ask about social and religious life, I suggest rather specific questions that might lead to reminiscences that can be recorded.  For example, "what do you remember about religious school?"  "What was your favorite subject in school?  Why?"
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Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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