Family History: How to get anyone to talk about themselves

Eric Douglas, Author, Journalist, Documentarian

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8 Videos (23m)
    • Introduction

    • Project

    • What is an Oral History?

    • Have a goal

    • Researching your subject

    • Writing questions

    • Informed Consentt

    • Conducting the Interview


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. 





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 Common Valor.

In 1999, Eric became a dive instructor. Not too much later, he became a Diving Medical Technician. The ocean and diving have factored into all of his fiction works since then.

He has authored six dive novels in the Mike Scott thriller series: Cayman Cowboys, Flooding Hollywood, Guardians’ Keep, Wreck of the Huron, Heart of the Maya, and the latest Return to Cayman. He also written a series of dive thriller short stories set on the fictional Withrow Key in the Florida Keys. He has also authored four children's stories, collected in the book Sea Turtle Rescue and Other Stories

Working with DAN President Dan Orr, Eric co-authored the scuba diving reference book Scuba Diving Safety. Since 2009 he has written the Lessons for Life column for Scuba Diving Magazine.