Doing Oral History by Donald A. Ritchie

Doing Oral History is another great book you can find at the Family Tree Quest Bookstore!

Product Description:

Oral history is vital to our understanding of the cultures and experiences of the past. Unlike written history, oral history forever captures people’s feelings, expressions, and nuances of language. But what exactly is oral history? How reliable is the information gathered by oral history? And what does it take to become an oral historian? Donald A. Ritchie, a leading expert in the field, answers these questions and in particular, explains the principles and guidelines created by the Oral History Association to ensure the professional standards of oral historians. Doing Oral History has become one of the premier resources in the field of oral history. It explores all aspects of oral history, from starting an oral history project, including funding, staffing, and equipment to conducting interviews; publishing; videotaping; preserving materials; teaching oral history; and using oral history in museums and on the radio. In this second edition, the author has incorporated new trends and scholarship, updated and expanded the bibliography and appendices, and added a new focus on digital technology and the Internet. Appendices include sample legal release forms and information on oral history organizations. Doing Oral History is a definitive step-by-step guide that provides advice and explanations on how to create recordings that illuminate human experience for generations to come. Illustrated with examples from a wide range of fascinating projects, this authoritative guide offers clear, practical, and detailed advice for students, teachers, researchers, and amateur genealogists who wish to record the history of their own families and communities.

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Challenge #26 – 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy

Here’s your weekly challenge: Google Books

View the entire description of this week’s challenge, by using my, Phoenix Genealogy Examiner link. Click here.

Remember to choose only the challenges that suit you and fit into your schedule.  These challenges are meant to be a blessing, not a burden!

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“Counting the Cost” Roundup of Memories Blog Tour


In celebration of the recent release of Counting the Cost by bestselling author, Liz Adair, Inglestone Publishing invites you to participate in a Roundup of Memories.


Counting the Cost is historical fiction, set in New Mexico and Arizona in the 1930s. Brilliantly told, the story is based on events from author Liz Adair’s own family history. In Liz’s book, the spring roundup is a central element in Liz’s book. So, for the Roundup of Memories, you are invited to join in the fun by submitting a favorite memory or family history story of your own. Here’s all you need to do to qualify for one of the prizes from Inglestone Publishing:


1. Submissions should be a memory of your own or a story of one of your own ancestors.

Submissions should be 300 to 500 words long and you may submit as many as you wish.


2. To submit your entries, simply visit, click on the Roundup of Memories image near to top of the home page, then fill out the simple form.


3. Submit entries by May 20. Selected submissions will be published on the Inglestone Publishing Web site; and the winners will be announced May 25.


Contest winners will receive:

An autographed copy of Counting the Cost by Liz Adair

Copy of “Using Family History in Fiction” by Liz Adair

“Gold nugget bag” of chocolate coins

Grand Prize Winner will receive all of the above, PLUS a $10 gift certificate to