Straight from the horse's mouth? This cliche' falls in line with the definition of "oral resources." It is a bonus if you can gather your family's information just by interviewing them; especially the elders of the family. Oral Sources are recordings or transcripts detailing the lives of a person or group. Oral history can allow you to gain insight into the lives of people who otherwise might not be in the historical record. It is very important for the Family Historian to gather as much information as possible via interviews. Interviewing family members can be exciting as well as rewarding.
Here is a list of tools that you can be used to gather oral sources:. This can be done in person or over the phone. You can also use the latest methods like video chat and Skype. Don't forget to gather together written sources.
1. Tape Recorder 2. Video Recorder 3. Pen & Pad for note taking 4. Questionnaires
More information regarding interviewing can be found here.