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Questions tagged [communication]

Communication / Contact Techniques / Best Practices for communicating, making contact, or performing interviews related to genealogy and family history.

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Balancing availability and privacy for family stories?

I would like to interview relatives about their lives and stories, and those of their ancestors and descendants, and I'd like to share these stories, but I want to strike a balance between what is ...
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Asking distant cousins for DNA?

In my family we have a DNA contradiction – two cousins (at about the 4th cousin level) took a Y-DNA test, but did not match and had two completely different haplogroups. Since then, I have traced ...
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Etiquette for asking loved one to share life story before death [duplicate]

This might be a bit of an odd question, but I figured that at least one or more persons here have been in the situation that I am now. My question is as follows: What is the (if any) 'proper ...
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How to approach newly found father's other family? [duplicate]

My husband who is 68 years old just found out who his father is. He is deceased, but I have located a family member of his. They probably don't know anything about my husband. All I want truthfully ...
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How to effectively communicate your tree for DNA Matches in first contact emails?

In genealogy in general there is a lot of ‘cousin hunting’ but in DNA Genealogy where people do not necessarily also have published trees for you to explore but you are reasonably close matches you ...
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How to reach out to strangers that could be relatives from an illegitimate birth?

I am trying to determine the best approach to reach out to a group of people that may be related to my immediate family but these people could be surprised by the news. After my grandparent's death, ...
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How do I perform a biographical interview?

I have a couple of elderly relatives who have not kept a journal and refuse to write down their "life story." I really would like to know their stories and who they were and who they are. They have ...
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Contacting living distant relatives?

During my research, I have identified some people currently living who I believe are distant relatives. They are a brother and sister, who are my wife's third cousins. Neither has a family tree on ...