Resources for Oral History Interviews

By Family Tree Editors Premium

Interviewing relatives is one of the genealogist’s first and most important duties. Here are some websites and books that will help you make the most of your family history interviews—plus recorded oral histories to give you some examples to study.


Lists of Oral History Interview Questions

Interviewing Advice


  • Doing Oral History by Donald A. Ritchie (Oxford University Press)
  • How to Create a Video Family History: The Complete Guide to Interviewing and Taping Your Family’s Stories & Memories by Rob Huberman (ComteQ Publishing)
  • Keeping Family Stories Alive: Discovering and Recording the Stories and Reflections of a Lifetime by Vera Rosenbluth (Hartley & Marks)
  • Listening For Our Past: A Lay Guide To African American Oral History Interviewing by Hasker Nelson, Heritage Research Creations
  • The Oral History Manual by Sommer Barbara W. (AltaMira Press)
  • Recording Oral History, Second Edition: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Valerie Raleigh Yow (AltaMira Press)
  • Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy (Family Tree Books)
  • Touching Tomorrow: How to Interview Your Loved Ones to Capture a Lifetime of Memories on Video or Audio by Mary LoVerde (Fireside)
  • Transcribing and Editing Oral History by Willa K. Baum, AltaMira Press
  • Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History by Sherna Berger Gluck (Routledge)

Recorded Oral Histories

Last updated, May 2020