When I was a child on a long car ride with my family, we would play a game called "20 Questions." You selected an object and the other players were allowed 20 questions to figure out what it was.
While reading a back issue of Historic Maury, I ran across an article from 2008 where readers were encouraged to interview their relatives for their family history. I wish I had done this when my grandparents were living. And I may just ask these questions of my parents.
Write down or record the answers for future generations to enjoy.
1. What is your full name, including nicknames.
2. Were you named after someone?
3. What are the date and locations of your birth and marriage?
4. What were your parents' names and your grandparents' names?
5. What are their dates and locations of births and marriages?
6. What was it like growing up?
8. Did your family move often? Where and when?
9. What kind of house did you live in?
10. What is your fondest memory of ______?
11. Where did the family migrate from originally?
12. What do you rememberabout your great-grandparents?
13. Was there a chore you enjoyed? Or hated?
14. What are the most important inventions created in your lifetime? And why?
15. How is the world different now than when you were a child?
16. What kind of books do you like to read?
17. Were times ever hard for your family? How?
18. What were your favorite toys growing up?
19. Did your family have tales of family members who went to war? Civil War? WWI? WWII?
20. Have you ever met a celebrity? Who? What were the circumstances?
21. What was your first car? (ok, I threw this one in, but it's a good question!)