25 Interview Questions for Grandparents

25 Interview Questions for Grandparents by Family Line VideoHave you ever wanted to know what your mother was like as a child? Where your grandfather was from? Or how your parents met?

Below are 25 Interview Questions for Grandparents to ask your parents or grandparents to learn more about their life stories and your family history.

As a Legacy Videographer, I ask over 100 questions so be sure to add your own to the list for a more complete picture!

(Covid-19 Update: Due to the current situation, I have added even more questions to the list.)

25 Interview Questions for Grandparents

  1. What is your full name?
  2. When were you born?Legacy Video Questions by Family Line Video in Chicago
  3. Where were you born?
  4. Where you named after anyone?
  5. Did you/do you have a nickname?
  6. What was/is your mother’s name?
  7. What was your mother’s maiden name?
  8. Where was she from?
  9. What were your mother’s parent’s names?
  10. Do you know where they were from?
  11. Do you know what they did for a living?
  12. Do you know any more about her family history?
  13. Describe your mother.
  14. What was your relationship like with your mother?
  15. What did your mother do during the day?
  16. What was/is your father’s name?
  17. Where was he from?
  18. What did your father do for a living?
  19. What were your father’s parent’s names?50th Anniversary gift by Family Line Video
  20. Do you know where they were from?
  21. Do you know what they did for a living?
  22. Do you know any more about your father’s family history?
  23. Describe your father.
  24. What was your relationship like with your father?
  25. Do you know how your parents met?
  26. Do you have any siblings?
  27. List their names in the order of birth.
  28. Where did you grow up?
  29. Describe the neighborhood/s.
  30. Describe your childhood home/s.
  31. What school/s did you attend
  32. What were your favorite subjects?
  33. What clubs/organizations were you involved with?Before tv, family activities and stories by Family Line Video
  34. How did you spend your free time?
  35. Did you have any hobbies?
  36. Did you have any chores?
  37. How would you describe yourself as a child?
  38. How did you spend your summers?
  39. What role did religion play in your life?
  40. What values were important to your parents?
  41. Did you have any summer or after school jobs?
  42. Was there any event in your early years that shaped who you are today?
  43. Did you go on to college?
  44. How did you pay for school? How much was it?
  45. How did you decide on you career?
  46. How did you get started?
  47. Describe your career.
  48. What career advice would you pass on to your grandchildren?
  49. How did you meet your spouse?50th Anniversary Gift by Family Line Video
  50. What was your first impression of him/her?
  51. When did you know he/she was the one?
  52. How did you propose?
  53. Describe your wedding.
  54. Did you go on a honeymoon?
  55. List the names and birthdate of your children.
  56. How did having children change your life?
  57. What advice would you give your children and grandchildren about raising children?
  58. What do you most admire about your spouse?
  59. What advice would you give your children and grandchildren about marriage?
  60. What was your greatest hardship and what lessons did you learn from the experience?Family Heirlooms by Family Line Video Chicago
  61. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
  62. What is the greatest life lesson you have learned?
  63. What values do you wish you passed on to your children?

For more in depth Interview Questions for Grandparents, visit my post: ‘Interview Questions for Grandparents’.

For tips on recording your grandparents interview on video, visit ‘Legacy Video Tips’.

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Grandparent Games by Family Line video ChicagoHere at Family Line Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed interview together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful “moving portrait” capturing your loved one as they recount their life story and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.

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