Family History Questions

Family History  questions by family line video in ChicagoGrandparents are the overlooked jewels of our families. Too often, our busy lives keep us focused on the present and we forget the priceless family history, life stories and sage advice they hold.

As a Video Biographer, my job is to capture their stories so knowing what questions to ask is key. Below are a few of my favorite Family History Questions.

To learn more about your grandparent’s (or parent’s) life story and your family history, ask these Family History Questions.

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  1. 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 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 or parents talking about the family history. While is a great tool, a grandparent’s memories are even better!
  2. 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 trove of priceless information.
  3. How did you spend your free time?
    Family History Questions by Family Line Video ChicagoWhat 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story, family history and memories in a Legacy Video!

Legacy Videos 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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