Tips from the Pros: Telephone Interviews

from George G. Morgan 

phoneTake every opportunity to build relationships with all of your relatives, no matter how distant. Telephone calls can be opportunities to obtain information about the family. When talking to a relative on the phone, ask him or her if you can ask a question or two about family. Be prepared to take notes. Don’t overdo this interview.

After the call, flesh out your notes to form a narrative and type it into a document or into your genealogy database. Be sure to note the name of the person from whom the information came and the date of the interview for your source citation.

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One thought on “Tips from the Pros: Telephone Interviews

  1. You might consider mailing a copy to the family member who was interviewed and ask if this is what they said, they might come up with some new information for you.

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