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Interviewing family: what questions to ask on a recurring basis?

I have a family interview project in mind. I've read some great ideas in AskMe, and have read through StoryCorps and Smithsonian resources. For the most part, what I've read pertains to one-time oral history projects. My project is a little different: I'd like to conduct short 1-on-1 interviews with immediate family (about 10 people), and repeat these interviews every few years. I'd love some question suggestions. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Oct 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Editors of oral history-type pieces: how much editing do you do?

I'm editing a series of long interview transcriptions that need to stay in their original question-and-answer format. Where would you draw the editing line? [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime on Aug 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Recommend your favorite oral histories, please!

Which oral histories should I add to my reading list? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Mar 20, 2015 - 14 answers

What's it like to work in The Office for nine years?

What are the best articles/essays/etc. about the American version of The Office? [more inside]
posted by brentajones on Jul 2, 2014 - 5 answers

She's a talker. We're gonna need a lot of GBs.

My 80yr old grandma wants to record her memories. What is the best voice recorder for the task? [more inside]
posted by PorcineWithMe on Dec 1, 2012 - 13 answers

I'm asking what to ask...

If you were talking to a 101-year-old person, what would you want to know? [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Dec 16, 2011 - 21 answers

Please suggest some good oral histories

What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Like StoryCorps, but with more beer.

At our upcoming family reunion (the first in a good seven years), my mother wants to run an audio "story booth" where family members can come and tell stories to be preserved for posterity. Can y'all think of any tips -- before, during and after -- to help this run smoothly and get the most interesting stories? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Creating Heirlooms for Common People

I want to record stories of people who might not otherwise get to tell their stories, or who don't have anyone who will preserve their heritage. I need any advice you can give me, including equipment, logistics and legal issues. [more inside]
posted by Galen on Aug 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Thinking ahead about the past

What should I consider before going to interview my Great Great Uncle? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon on Mar 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Oral History Hosting

Can you recommend a website that is useful for storing oral history recordings? [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Mar 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Advice for recording a dying language

My grandmother's first language is nearly extinct. I'd like to record an interview with her for archival purposes; how should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by decagon on Feb 26, 2010 - 22 answers

I Am Standing In Sunshine On A Tall Peak, Below Me I Can See Only Clouds

After listening to The Moth for a while I would like to work on becoming a better storyteller. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 29, 2010 - 15 answers

Documentary theater tips?

HighSchoolDramaTeacherFilter: Any tips for doing documentary theater with students? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jan 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me interview my parents for posterity.

How much time should I set aside to interview my parents for an oral history project? How many topics should I expect to cover? And who can I get to transcribe the video later? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Questions for Mom and Dad

I just got a video camera, and the first project I would like to do is a family history. I'm going to see my parents this weekend (76 and 80 y.o.). What are some creative and interesting questions to ask to get them started talking? [more inside]
posted by extrabox on Apr 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Advice for finding an interviewer to record family oral history?

Can anyone give me any advice on finding and hiring a professional to interview an elderly family member, to preserve family oral history? (located in upstate NY)
posted by chr1sb0y on Jul 12, 2007 - 13 answers

Oral History tape recorder and microphone recommendations?

I need to buy a recorder and microphone(s) to record an oral history. [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate on Dec 12, 2005 - 4 answers

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