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Oral Histories

What do you want your family
to know about you? Tell them in
an oral history interview

Capturing Memories Today

An oral history interview is more than just a conversation — it's one of the most rewarding projects you can undertake. By recording a family member's description of his or her life story, you'll learn about the past and create a record of your family's history for the future. This is special time with parents, grandparents or children set aside specifically to capture their stories.

There are memories that can't be held, seen or touched. These stories and anecdotes are passed from one generation to another by word of mouth. Like the day your grandfather proposed to your grandmother. Your uncle's first day in the Army. An ancestor stepping onto American soil for the first time.

These memories are priceless and irreplaceable. And, like the physical portions of your family archive, you can preserve this oral history for future generations.

An oral history, captured in an audio or video recording, preserves information about a relative's life or memories of particular events. Through a simple process of conducting an interview or two, you can ensure that there will be a permanent record of your family's stories.

Oral history interviews can also preserve more recent family memories, such as births, deaths, graduations and other special events, as they are happening. These special moments don’t have to be forgotten. And today's technologies can make the effort to capture your family's memories easy.

Familyarchives.com offers guidelines and instructions that will take you through the process of conducting an oral history, from the setup, to the actual interview, to simple steps for preserving these memories for posterity.

Oral history projects don't need to be formal or conducted with adults only. Whether you want to conduct a casual family history conversation, a school project or a professional-level oral history project to donate to an archive, our tips and techniques will help you get the most from your interviews.

Planning Interviews