"Ignore the camera & lights. It's just you & me."
You: O.K. Now I have my list of people in my family to talk to about my family's history. Now what?
Me: Well, how about some suggestions on how to do it? The actual questions we can work on in the next post.
You: Oh. Well, I thought I'd go to my grandma's house on Saturday as a surprise and ask her to tell me all that she knows about our family.
Me: Yeah. Um. Don't do that. In fact, you should do the exact opposite. [And before you ask me, no, I'm not kidding.]
You see, it's really not "Genealogy and Interviewing". It's more like, "Genealogy and Visiting". And it's probably best if you plan your visit. Following are some suggestions for planning it:
You: What about the questions? What do I ask?
Me: See, you should've been taking notes. I mentioned it already, but here it is again. [Wink.] The next post will have suggestions about what you should ask. Any other questions?