1. Do you know which country your ancestors came from?
2. Do you know why they left?

3. Do you know how they entered the United States? (or country immigrated to)
4. Do you know how they got to where they settled?
5. Do you know why they chose that location?
6. What is your full name?
7. Do or did you have a nickname?
8. When is your birthday?
9. Where were you born?
10. Were you born at home or in a hospital?
11. What is your Mother’s full name?
12. When is her birthday?
13. Was she born at home or in a hospital?
14. What did you call her? Mother, Ma, Mom?
15. Do you have a funny story/special memory about your Mother?
16. What is your Father’s full name?
17. When is his birthday?
18. Was he born at home or in a hospital?
19. What did you call him? Father, Pa, Dad?
20. Do you have a funny story/special memory about your Father?
21. Did/Do you know your Mother’s parents?
22. What did/do you call them? Nana and Papa? Memere and Pepere?
23. When is their birthday?
24. Where were they born?
25. Do you have a funny story/special memory about them?
26. Did/Do you know your Father’s parents?
27. What did/do you call them? Nana and Papa? Memere and Pepere?
28. When is their birthday?
29. Where were they born?
30. Do you have a funny story/special memory about them?
31. Do you have siblings?
32. Older or younger?
33. What is their full name?
34. When is their birthday?
35. Where were they born?
36. Do you have a funny story/special memory about them?
37. Where did you grow up?
38. Did you always live there?
39. If not, did you move around a lot?
40. If yes, do you know why?
41. Did you live in the city or country?
42. Did your family own or rent your home?
43. What was it like? Large or small; one story or two?
44. Did you have to share a room?
45. Did you have to share a bed?
46. How did you heat your home?
47. Did you have a radio?
48. Did your family have a television? Black & White or Color?
49. Did your family have a refrigerator?
50. Did your family have a car?
51. Did your family have a phone?
52. Was it a party line?
53. Did your family have any pets?
54. What kind and what were the names?
55. Did your family have a garden? What did you grow?
56. What did you do for fun?
57. Did you (and your siblings) have chores?

  • Did the girls do certain things and boys others?

58. What holidays did you celebrate?
59. Do you have any special memories of them?
60. Did/do you have any family traditions?
61. What are/were they?
62. From which side of the family did it originate?
63. Do you still practice that tradition?
64. Do you have aunts or uncles?
65. What do you know about them?
66. Do you have a favorite?
67. Is there a reason they are your favorite?
68. Do you have a funny story/special memory about them?
69. Do you have cousins?
70. What do you know about them?
71. Do you have a favorite?
72. Do you have a funny story/special memory about them?
73. Are you/have you been married?
75. What is/was your spouse’s full name?
76. Where were they born?
77. How did you meet?
78. Did you date/court for very long?
79. When and where were you married?
80. Who was the maid of honor and best man?
81. Do you have children?
82. What is their full name?
83. When is their birthday?
84. Where were they born?
85. Did your spouse bring any family traditions with them?
86. What are they?
87. Did you create new family traditions?
88. What are they?
89. Did/do you own a home?
90. Have you owned more than one home?

91. Where were they?
92. Did you attend public or private school?
93. What was highest grade you completed?
94. What was your favorite subject?
95. Is there a reason?
96. Where you involved in any extracurricular activities?
97. Which ones?
98. Is there a reason?
99. Did you go to college or trade school?
100. What did you study?
101. Do you have a certificate or degree?
102. What is it in?
103. What field do/did you work in?
104.  Did you practice any religion while growing up?
105. Did you attend church (synagogue etc.) on a regular basis?
106. Was it always the same place?
107. Do you practice a religion now?
108. Is it the same one as above?
109. If no, is there a reason you changed religions?

110. Did you serve in the military?

111. Did you serve in peace or war time?

112. Did you volunteer or were you drafted?

​​​113. In which branch did you serve?

​114. Why did you choose that branch?

​115. How long did you serve?

​116. What was your job?

​117.  Did you receive any awards or medals?

118. What was is for?

119. What was your rank at discharge?
120. What do you remember about any major historical events?


120 Questions To Ask That Special Relative
(NOTE: Some questions may be sensitive, judge carefully before you ask)

FAMILY QUESTIONNAIRE

·       WWII
·       Kennedy Assassination
·       Moon Landing
·       Natural Disaster

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