Grandparents are the overlooked jewels of our families. As a family history video producer, my job is to capture their stories for their families so knowing what questions to ask is key. Below are a few of my favorite Family History Questions.
To learn more about your Family History, ask your grandparents (or parents) the Family History Questions listed below.
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- What do you remember about your own grandparents?
In the past, it was common for multiple generations of a family to live together. Chances are, your grandparents lived with their grandparents at some point. Learn about your great, great-grandparents by asking your grandparents what they remember about them. What they did for a living? To describe their personalities and to recount some of their favorite memories. Ask if they remember their grandparents talking about the family history.
While Ancestry.com is a great tool, a grandparent’s memories are even better!
- What do you remember about your parents?
This time, ask your grandparents to describe their parents, their favorite memories of them, the best advice they ever gave and so on. Don’t be afraid to ask questions as a little probing can often reveal a treasure trove of priceless information.
- How did you spend your free time?
What did children do before television, computers, cell phones and scheduled activities? Discover how your grandparents spent their free time and you may find yourself longing for a time before modern technology. Be sure to give them time to think as recalling one memory often triggers many wonderful stories.
- What was your greatest challenge?
Everyone faces hardship at one or more times in their lives. Learning what challenges a grandparent faced and overcame will give you a better understanding of who they are as well as lessons to reflect on when facing your own hardships.
- How did you meet your spouse?
Get ready to smile! Ask your grandparents to share the story of how they met. Could they have ever imagined when they first laid eyes on each other that you would be one of the many wonderful things that came out of that first encounter!
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To discover more about your family history, visit my post: ’10 Family History Activities’.
To record your grandparents sharing their memories, visit: ‘Recording a Grandparent’s Stories’.
Or let us capture their life story for you! (See below)
Capture the life story of a parent or grandparent for your family to know and celebrate!
Here 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, family history and memories – a gift your family will treasure for years to come.
To learn more about Legacy Videos, visit FamilyLineVideo.com.
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