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Keeping Family Stories Alive: Discovering and Recording the Stories and Reflections of a Lifetime Paperback – October, 1997

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This oral family history handbook takes a different approach from similar books by including new material on memory and advice on jogging memories for the interviewer and the interviewee. There are also examples from real interviews. As do the standard books, this also gives practical advice on handling microphones and audio and videotape, interviewing techniques, suggested interview questions, and preserving and using tapes. For the standard topics, the best available work is William Fletcher's Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History with Videotape, Audiotape, Suggested Topics and Questions, Interview Techniques (Ten Speed Pr., 1989). On balance, however, Rosenbluth's book could be useful in libraries and for the home market.
- Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Hartley & Marks; Revised edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881791490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881791495
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,112,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book! I reviewed several books found on an annotated bibliography regarding doing oral history interviews. This one was by far the best.
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As president of the Association of Personal Historians (an international network of professionals who help others preserve their life stories and family history), I was often asked to recommend books for people interested either in preserving their own family history or in getting into the business of doing this for others. There are many books on this topic, but Vera Rosenbluth's excellent book was always my number one recommendation. It is well-written, easy to understand and filled with helpful information.
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Numerous oral history guides have come out since Vera Rosenbluth wrote the first edition of, and then expanded (2nd edition, 1997) Keeping Family Stories Alive, but Rosenbluth's book still is tops for what it aspires to do. Her approach works for any caring person who seeks to preserve the treasury of family lore. She also outlines solid oral history technique and gives careful attention to sensitive issues, making this book an equally valuable resource for the professional personal historian. Speaking as a seasoned professional, this is the book I would aspire to write if Vera Rosenbluth hadn't already done it.
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Before I read this book I had written my own life story, however I knew nothing about interviewing other people. The book gave explicit instructions about how to conduct an interview as well as many ideas about generating memories when interviewing older people. I found the last chapter very helpful as it contained many interview questions.
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