Yvette Corporon, author of When the Cypress Whispers, speaks to us in an interview about ancestry, family, and Thanksgiving (see live interview below).
According to Yvette, “Every family has a story” and in her interview she shares tips on how to discover ancestors and long lost family members. Using Thanksgiving as a time to catch up on old family stories and traditions, Corporon advises that you pay close attention to these moments when older members of the family share their life experiences. She says: “Who knows – you might just find out something exciting about your past just by listening to Aunt Flo’s story just one more time.”
Corporon states: “Storytelling is a great way to add details to your family tree and interviewing a relative is a great way to start.” Corporon experienced this when her Yia-Yia’s (grandmother) stories inspired her “to find more about her family’s heroic past and write a fictional account of her real-life ancestors risking their lives by working with others on the Greek island of Erikousa to hide a Jewish family from the Nazis during World War II.”
Corporon shares with us her “insights and tips” when searching for ancestors or when learning more about your family tree:
- When gathering this Thanksgiving encourage older family members to share their stories, this is a great way to begin to learn about your family heritage. Because no matter how busy we are, we owe it to ourselves and to them: to stop, to ask and to listen.
- Search in historical records to find information about anyone not present or about people that no one has information about. You can search billions of records, from all over the world, on MyHeritage.com, the leading destination for discovering, sharing and preserving your family history. [I] was able to solve a 70-year-old mystery in just a few clicks – so no matter where your roots lie, MyHeritage can help.
- Use Thanksgiving as an opportunity for your family to fill out their family tree online.”
Yvette Manessis Corporon, author of When the Cypress Whispers, is an Emmy Award-winning writer and a senior producer for the syndicated entertainment news show, EXTRA, in New York City. She has received a Silurian Award for Excellence in Journalism and the New York City Comptroller and City Council’s Award for Greek Heritage and Culture. Yvette Corporon and her husband, award-winning photojournalist David Corporon, have two children and live in New York. For more on her writing, visit: www.yvettecorporon.com
This interview segment was done in courtesy of MyHeritage.com . Now available from MyHeritage.com is also a coupon code for a 30% discount in the event people sign on and want to use the website. Simply type in the following coupon code: CYPRESSWHISPERS
Here are our interview questions for author Yvette Corporon:
1. Congratulations on your book! Briefly tell us about When the Cypress Whispers.
2. What is the history behind the writing of When the Cypress Whispers?
3. What would you suggest to someone who wants to find out more about his/her family history? How do you start?
4. How easy is it to find out about your ancestor’s past and how accurate is the information provided on some of these online sites?
5. Do you have any suggestions for first time writers who are interested in creating fiction from researched data such as family history? For example, how do you approach sensitive subject matters such as the holocaust, slavery, etc.
6. Why is Thanksgiving and family so special to you?
7. Are you currently working on another novel?
Please see the live interview below.