With a step-by-step interview process and advice for conducting your genealogical search, Reaching Back helps you discover and record your family's history by giving you the framework for interviewing relatives and recording their memories. Cherish it yourself and then pass it on to the next generation. Leading you through an interview with a relative (or a questionnaire for yourself), this book provides an extensive list of questions to ask, ranging from the factual: "Where was you first home located?" to the philosophical: "Why do you believe you were put here on earth?" The questions are ordered so you can follow them sequentially. Chapters cover distinct segments of life, such as childhood and teen years, marriage, employment, and child rearing
In addition, the book provides you with pages for pasting photos and important documents such as marriage certificates, as well as space for recording favorite family recipes, important family stories and the whereabouts of heirlooms. Family trees sum up the genealogy, providing a quick-glance genealogical "map."