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Preserving Oral History

The oral tradition of telling family stories was crushed in the 20th Century by the rise of all other forms of entertainment. Storytelling was much more common when we didn't have the movies, reality TV and the radio. So instead of seeking a conversation with our family members, we've got plenty of things to distract us.

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5 tips for conducting an oral history interview

1. Don't delay and don't talk yourself out of it. It's time to capture your loved one's story in print, on video, via audio, or writing via the web. Your loved one's life story is far more interesting than you can ever imagine. The oral history interview is key for genealogy research.

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