Interview With My Oldest Relative
By Alice Henry
February 4, 2016 9:44am CST
My oldest relative is my cousin, who lives in West Virginia. All of my mother’s sisters and all of my father’s brothers and sisters have all fallen asleep in death, so all I have left are cousins. I wanted to know more about her life and had some questions about her mother and father. I’m trying to get some pictures from her also and I am sending her some pictures although, she is nearly blind, she told me. So, I asked her: Where was your father born? Her mother was my father’s sister and I knew where she was born. I have been in the house where she was born, but that house is now gone. Strip mining in West Virginia destroyed the house several years ago. My father was also born in that house. I also asked her: Did your father have brothers and sisters? Are you still in touch with any of their children or grandchildren? I remember her father as a very kind person. I used to love to visit her mother and father when I was very young. I also asked her: In what year did your father die? And your mother? She was in her nineties, I remember that much. As she answered these questions, I thought about the fact that she and I are the oldest generation of our family right now. She is in her nineties. Her mother was much older than my father. He was the youngest of ten children and she may have been the oldest. While you still have living relatives, it’s important to ask them questions. I wish that I knew more about my ancestors. I also feel that my children and grandchildren should know more about the older generations and specifically about me, before I’m gone. Do you know a lot about your ancestors?
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• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
4 Feb 16
I know some things about my ancestors. But I do wish my mother had written down a lot of things. She passed away when she was ninety but her mind was very keen and she could remember so many things from her childhood.
4 Feb 16
yes, I have tried to trace our ancestry and make a tree from both my mother and father's side although I'm not as close to my father's. If I may add, I think besides just interviewing, I think we should take advantage of technology by also taking videos of conversations and pictures for the benefit of the younger generation