Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Beyond the Family Tree (Book): A Chanukah Giveaway

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Time to celebrate! Not only is it Hanuka, it's also my five-year blogaversary! Just as the holy oil was not expected to last more than one night, but kept burning for eight, this here blogging thing has gone on longer than anyone might have guessed.

And you know what? Neither of these causes for celebration is a Biblical holy day. That's why we're going to keep things kind of low-key. But fun! And there will be doughnuts (sufganyot).

Let's get this party started.

A while back, I received a review copy of Beyond the Family Tree: A 21st Century Guide to Exploring Your Roots and Creating Connections by Jennifer Worick. This book is more than just a list of questions to ask your mom or Uncle Joe. As the title suggests it also contains tips on how to use technology to keep in touch and record, or even make, family history.

Worick starts the book with a technology overview that's easily skimmed by, well, someone like you, but has tips on camcorders, laptops and other hardware for your easily confused mom, even if she does own an iPad. Ahem.

She goes on to give tips for creating the right atmosphere both physical and in terms of outlining an interview. And then come 1,000 interview questions conveniently broken into categories like relationships, career, pop culture, health, politics, and family secrets. Kidding on that last one.

Finally, Worick provides an overview of websites and social media options that allow families to quickly and easily communicate with one another. A MoldyFam Yahoo! Group, anyone?

The book closes with a section for notes, biographical sketches, a family tree and the like.

It's really a lovely book and would make a great companion to Dave Isay's Story Corps book on moms.

And even though it makes me a little sad, I'm going to give away my of this wonderful book. (See notes on living with my parents...still! Or the posts about us looking for a house...still! Or check out Property Sluts. I'm quickly becoming the newest nut on my family tree and just can't acquire new things right now.)

So, would you like to win this book? It's in excellent condition, I swear.

Comment below letting me know which member of your family you'd most like to interview. Comment prior to 1 AM, Tuesday, December 14 to be entered to win.
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Kristi said...

I keep meaning to get a family history together for my children. I would love the book! Happy Chanukah!

Naomi said...

Happy Hanukkah! This looks like a good way to start traditions when there aren't many already in place. I'd love to interview my obaasan, my mom's mom, although she is very reticent about talking about the past and likes to pretend she doesn't speak English.

Beth Clifford said...

Really should have interviewed my almost-90 year old grandmother a few years ago - she's less lucid now, but I keep saying I should give it a try. Interviewed my other grandmother on audio-tape when she was in her 80's, gave the tape to my dad for his b-day. When she passed away years later, he made copies of the tape for his siblings...very treasured gift.

Angela said...

Sounds like a very interesting book! We're in the process of tracing our family genealogy and this would be a great way to round out our research.

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Laura (@chambanalaura) said...

Happy Chanukah! I can't even get my children's photo albums organized, so I'm not sure I'm the best choice for this :-)

atxteacher said...

I need to interview my grandfather without my grandmother around. She never let's him talk so you never hear his view of things - even on his own family. Thanks for the prompting. Think i'll take a recorder on my next visit.