Childhood and family history

  • What would you like your children’s children to carry on? What traditions would you like them to change?
  • Where is your mom’s family from? Where is your dad’s family from? Your grandparents families? What do you know about them?
  • Are there any traditions that have been passed down in your family? Can you tell me about them?
  • Who were your favorite relatives? Can you describe what they looked like? Do you remember any of the stories they used to tell you?
  • Do you know any classic family stories? Jokes? Songs?
  • Can you tell me about where you grew up? What was it like?
  • Did you have a nickname, and if so can you tell me the story of how you got it?
  • Can you tell me about your relationship with your parents? Do you remember a time when you felt particularly close to either one of them? Do you remember a time when you made them angry?
  • Are there any funny stories your family tells about you that come to mind?
  • What was one of the worst things you ever did as a kid?
  • Tell me about your brother/sister? How would you describe them?
  • Can you tell me one of your happiest childhood memories? Can you tell me one of your worst childhood memories?
  • Are there any childhood friends you want to tell me about?
  • What did you think your life would be like when you were older? Has your life turned out differently than you imagined?
  • Do you have any other favorite stories from your childhood?
  • Were there any teachers who had a particularly strong influence on your life? Can you tell me about them?