My Dad has always been very supportive of my research and he is the reason I got started. He wanted to know more about his paternal aunts & uncles who left Jamaica before he was even born. He shares with me every bit of family info he comes across and congratulates me on my progress. I can talk to him about family any time.
My Mom on the other hand is always shooing me away saying "I don't know anything, nobody ever told me anything!" She is the youngest of her siblings . . . Well today she came by my place and I asked her a question about one of her sisters who had passed away. I told her I was having trouble finding records for. My Mom answered my questions. Then I told her that there were a few grand aunts and uncles, her maternal grandparents' children, that I was having trouble with.
Well, she pulled up a chair to my desk, and peering over my shoulder as I searched the database. She started asking if I had records for one aunt, then another, then an uncle, then another. She gave me spouses names, places of death and occupations. Et voila! Four new family records!
Sometimes you just need to catch some people in the right place at the right time. Remember to always keep a note book handy!