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Family History: How to get anyone to talk about themselves

Eric Douglas, Author, Journalist, Documentarian

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8 Videos (23m)
    • Introduction

      1:31
    • Project

      1:10
    • What is an Oral History?

      3:29
    • Have a goal

      2:58
    • Researching your subject

      3:13
    • Writing questions

      3:04
    • Informed Consentt

      1:35
    • Conducting the Interview

      5:56

About This Class

Learn the art of being a good interviewer to get the best stories from family, friends and strangers: questions, techniques and remembering to be silent.

This is the first of three classes about family histories. The second is about recording the family history and the third is making choices about what to leave in and what to take out when editing. 

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Eric Douglas

Author, Journalist, Documentarian

Life is an adventure for author Eric Douglas, above and below the water and wherever in the world he ends up. Eric received a degree in Journalism from Marshall University. Eric worked in local newspapers where he honed his skills as a story teller.

As a documentarian, Eric has worked in Russia, Honduras and most recently in his home state of West Virginia, featuring the oral histories of West Virginia war veterans in the documentary West Virginia Voices of War and the companion book ...

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