The Ultimate Family History Interview

Nicka Smith
May 13, 2020
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Presenter's Introduction
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Two Goals
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Centering the Interviewee
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The Right Questions
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

One of the most important sources of genealogy information is oral history. Learn the tips, tricks, and more to get the most information from the family members you interview.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, revers
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous!!! Thanks!

    Always a pleasure to hear Nicka and tonight was no exception!

    Another excellent program from Nicka Smith

    As always, an excellent presentation. Nikka Smith is the best!

    awesome I am looking forward to going back in and re-listening

    Besides my own personal genealogy I am working on an oral history project for our local Heritage Museum. Nika’s ideas and information will be so helpful for that. My genealogy wheels are turning. thanks

    Brilliant webinar with lots of great information

    Didn’t tell me much that I didn’t already know, but well presented

    Easy to follow..

    Enjoyable, easy to understand and follow. Many many helpful suggestions. I would have liked more on the questions to ask.

    excellent as always

    Excellent ideas

    Excellent presentation, very well organized.

    Excellent speaker. Very engaging.

    Excellent speaker. Very informative. Thanks!

    Excellent suggestions

    Excellent webinar!



    Good info

    Good information. Plan, plan, record.

    Good speaker! after what felt like a slow start, I began to deeply appreciate all Nicka’s thoughts on details to remember, all expressed in her rich, warm voice 🙂



    Great ideas! Love Nicka’s webinars.

    Great ideas. Very clear and organized speaker.

    Great overview, well sequenced

    Great presentation!!!

    Great presenter! Thank you/her for providing us with such wonderful reminders.

    Great recommendations for setting, preparation,storage and equipment.

    great speaker with a lot of good info

    Great speaker with great advice.

    Great tips, thank you!

    Great tips. Thanks

    Had to leave a little early but found it very good.

    helped me out on several points in an interview that I did totally wrong. Had a deep understanding about the subject. I always enjoy her webinars
    I appreciated the information about setting up btter quality interviews, but I would have also liked more suggestions on interview questions and interviewing techniques. I realize that time limitations for this webinar may have prevented further discussion concerning questions and techniques.

    I thought it was informational and insightful. At the end of the webinar someone asked the question about how to enhance old audio quality, and Ms. Smith responded that you may have to find a business that enhances old audio. But, I have another, more digitally modern answer. My approach is by using Dragon Naturally and/or ReadIris. Dragon Naturally translates a recording or live audio voice speech into a typed text document, even if you have to read the interview into the software in your voice instead.

    Informative and pleasant

    informative, speaker provided useful points to consider when preparing to conduct an interview

    It was inspirational and Nicka had it together (was well prepared).

    It was interesting. The presenter was clear and concise.

    Just what I was looking for.

    Love her presentation.

    Love Nika

    loved it!!!! great speker

    Ms. Smith provided a great amount of tips to consider using in our interview processes. I am very glad that I selected her webinar, and will be checking out her personal library for other interesting topics.

    My first live webinar. Enjoyed it very much. Look forward to viewing more. Great presentation. Easy to follow and wonderful suggestions.

    My perspective on the logistics of conducting family history interviews has greatly increased. Great information!

    New info

    Nicka brought up a lot of suggestions and things to consider when interviewing that I never would have though of. Thank you very much!

    Nicka is a consistent great webinar speaker, who has excellent slides (clever and readable): and speaks to all levels of personal experience. Glad you brought her back. She can address so many topics and issues.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Nicka is a great presenter!

    Nicka presents her information in a very organized easy to understand way. Thank you for having her

    Nicka Smith always keeps it real and provides excellent resources and tips. I love her webinars!

    Nicka Smith is such a good speaker. She really holds an audience’s interest and gives us so many good ideas.

    Nicka Smith’s presentation was fantastic as well as fascinating. I was able to take notes and follow the webinar without any issues. I look forward to watching her previous webinars because she presents very well, knows her subject, and is able to answer questions so that one is not left confused or in the dark. I truly enjoyed this webinar and feel more confident about interviewing family members. Thank you for an informative and confidence hightening experience.

    Nicka was very easy to listen to and very captivating. I look forward to other webinars from her.

    Nicka’s organization, knowledge, excitement, and TIPS were all part of a WONDERFUL experience! Thank you to all who made this webinar possible!!

    Nicks Smith’s Webinar always are informative for me.

    nikka is such a great speaker

    She was very charismatic. She hit all of the main points that I could think of, and her personality engaged us, in the way that she would charm her interviewees.

    So informative. So engaging. Great speaker. Great topic.

    so may tidbits. thank you

    speaker knows her subject well

    Such an enthusiastic host! Knowledgeable and engaging.


    Thank you that was very helpful

    Thanks for all the good information!

    This is one of the best genealogy interviews I have attended. She is knowledgable, accessible, and gave realistic examples that we can use effectively in our research. Even the rhythm of the seminar was just right. I was able to keep up and I feel more empowered in my research.

    Thoughtfully put together and lots of great, usable information. Very much appreciated. Thank you!

    Topic of interest to me as a Board member of local historical society in small town, thinking of a program of interviewing our senior citizens (as well as our own relatives) for input to the Town history and heritage.

    Very clear, very articulate presenter. Would have preferred more discussion about doing the actual interview.

    Very detailed and informative. The speaker was well understood and methodical in her presentation.

    Very engaging!

    Very good

    Very good ideas.

    very informative, liked how you followed along your outline. lots of food for thought as well. thank you

    very interesting and informative.

    Very interesting. Things I never would have thought of

    Very timely webinar. I have been planning on doing virtual interviews and this webinar helped answer some of my questions.

    very well organized with lots of ideas and food for thought

    Was more interested in the questions to ask and that part was brief with the suggestion to buy the book to get them.

    Well done and helpful!

    Wow! Great presentation! Nicka provided both broad and specific information as well as many valuable tips. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise!


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