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By lorenzocarrillo94 - Posted on 18 August 2020

Hello everyone , I have returned to the site after many years of not being active here but researching in many corners of Mexico and the United States over almost 10 years . Many relatives have passed away since , many stories unsaid and lots of history lost among a new generation who doesn’t know who we are or where we come from. With the active scene of COVID -19 hitting the world and everyone staying in doors or away in general from public we seem to have time and space on our hands . With it I find myself doubling my research when I have the time . Recently we lost an elder relative at age 91 from COVID and unfortunately as she developed dementia a few years ago much of the family didn’t care to listen to her stories or history she had accumulated in her years on earth taken for granted . It had me thinking of an interview sheet for elder relatives in Spanish and English I seen here in 2011 . It says through the site no longer available but if anyone could send me a copy I would appreciate it though Email Lorenzocarrillo94@yahoo.com

I have a few living elders I’d like to interview while they’re still healthy and alive and can remember any help is seriously appreciated . Thank you . Hope you all stay safe and healthy . God bless you and your families.

Regards ,
Lorenzo Carrillo

There is no time like The present to interview your family. Gather as much information as you can. I have collected many stories yet I find myself rushing to interview as much as I can. Interview the same person over and over again. You will get different stories and memories. Remember to ask about siblings of grandparents and greatgrandparents. Ask for dates and locations.

A few years ago I stopped between errands to say a quick hello to my mother. To my surprise, two aunts that I hadn’t seen in years arrived at the same time that i did. I gathered much new information from them. One of my aunts talked about going into to the hospital the next day for a minor procedure. A few days later, as she was prepared to be discharged, she had a heart attack. So don’t put off interviews. Make time for your relatives and their stories. And if you are the story collector like I am, record the stories so they can be passed on.

Rick A. Ricci

Hello Lorenzo. I hope this list of questions may be of help.

https://www.wikitree.com/blog/50-questions-for-interviewing-living-family-members/

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