I have interviewed my grandparents multiple times over the years and each time I always learn more information.
This past Sunday I spent the enitre day with my Grandmother and ofcourse we discussed family history. I had brought with me a small album with copies of pictures my Grandfather had given me about 15 years ago. AMong the pictures there were several photos of my Grandmother as a little girl and on the back it said "Gin, Baboosic Lake, New Hampshire." I knew her parents had a summer home on Cape Cod and I asked her why there were so many photos from Baboosic Lake, had they had a home there as well?
"Oh no" she says, "my grandmother's brother lived there and we woiuld visit him."
"WHAT???" I said stunned. Never in ALL the years had she EVER said her grandmother had a brother!!! Two sisters, yes, brothers....NEVER!!!!!
It turns out she had TWO brothers! One, Andrew Nielson (Nilsson), lived with his wife Sarah in New Hampshire, while her other brother, Peter lived in Connecticut with his wife Jeanne.
So with that new discovery I've been reviewing my "list" of questions, and learned one vital rule..............MAKE YOUR QUESTIONS VERY SPECIFIC!!! Do not ask general questions!!
Another thing I learned......always, whenever possible, have handy visual prompts, which may help the person you are interviewing "remember" more detail.
A blog that currently has a list of 50 great questions to ask a relative is Family History with the Lineage Keeper This is a great list to get you going, but again, whenever possible make the question very specific!!