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By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher, Senior Times A great way to uncover clues to your fam-
ily history or to get great quotes for journaling in a heritage scrapbook is a family interview. By asking the right, open-ended questions, you're sure to collect a wealth of family tales. Use this list of family history interview ques- tions to help you get started, but be sure to personalize the interview with your own questions as well.
1. What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?
2. When and where were you born?
3. How did your family come to live there?
4. Were there other family members in the
area? Who?
5. What was the house (apartment,
farm, etc.) like? How many rooms? Bathrooms? Did it have electricity? Indoor plumbing? Telephones?
6. Were there any special items in the house that you remember?
7. What is your earliest childhood memory?
8. Describe the personalities of your family
9. What kind of games did you play grow-
ing up?
10. What was your favorite toy and why?
11. What was your favorite thing to do for
fun (movies, beach, etc.)?
12. Did you have family chores? What were
they? Which was your least favorite?
13. Did you receive an allowance? How much? Did you save your money or
spend it?
14. What was school like for you as a child?
What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?
15. What school activities and sports did you participate in?
16. Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?
17. Who were your childhood heroes? 18. What were your favorite songs and
19. Did you have any pets? If so, what kind
and what were their names?
20. What was your religion growing up? What church, if any, did you attend?
21. Were you ever mentioned in a news paper?
22. Who were your friends when you were growing up?
23. What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally affect your family?
24. Describe a typical family dinner. Did you all eat together as a family? Who did the cooking? What were your favorite foods?
25. How were holidays (birthdays, Christmas, etc.) celebrated in your fam- ily? Did your family have special tradi- tions?
26. How is the world today different from what it was like when you were a child? 27. Who was the oldest relative you remem-
ber as a child? What do you remember
about them?
28. What do you know about your family
29. Is there a naming tradition in your fam-
ily, such as always giving the firstborn
son the name of his paternal grandfather? 30. What stories have come down to you
about your parents? Grandparents? More
distant ancestors?
31. Are there any stories about famous or
infamous relatives in your family?
32. Have any recipes been passed down to
you from family members?
33. Are there any physical characteristics that run in your family?
34. Are there any special heirlooms, photos, bibles or other memorabilia that have been passed down in your family?
35. What was the full name of your spouse? Siblings? Parents?
36. When and how did you meet your spouse? What did you do on dates?
37. What was it like when you proposed (or were proposed to)? Where and when did it happen? How did you feel?
38. Where and when did you get married?
39. What memory stands out the most from
your wedding day?
40. How would you describe your spouse?
What do (did) you admire most about
41. What do you believe is the key to a suc-
cessful marriage?
42. How did you find out your were going to
be a parent for the first time?
43. Why did you choose your children's
44. What was your proudest moment as a
45. What did your family enjoy doing
46. What was your profession and how did
you choose it?
47. If you could have had any other profes-
sion what would it have been? Why
wasn't it your first choice?
48. Of all the things you learned from your
parents, which do you feel was the most
49. What accomplishments were you the
most proud of?
50. What is the one thing you most want
people to remember about you?
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