Interview Questions

  1. Name­
    • Do you share a name with someone else in the family?
    • Did you have a nickname growing up? If so, what was it and why?
    • Have you had a nickname as an adult?
  2. Birth
    • When and where were you born?
    • Are there any specific circumstances about your birth?
    • Can you tell us about the birth of one of your children? Birth
  3. Religion
    • What was the religion of your parents?
    • What religion are you currently?
    • Can you share stories of religious experiences?
  4. Home
    • Where was your first house?
    • How many times have you moved?
    • What do you like about where you live?
    • Where would you like to live?
    • What was your favorite place to live?
    • Tell me a story about your home?
  5. Family life growing up
    • How many siblings do you have?
    • What are the names of your siblings?
    • Tell me a story about a sister? (Ask about each sister)
    • Tell me a story about a brother? (Ask about each brother)
  6. Extended family
    • How many cousins do you have from your mother’s family?
    • How many cousins do you have from your father’s family?
    • Can you share a story about visiting cousins?
    • How many aunts and uncles do you have?
    • Can you tell me a story about an aunt or uncle? (multiple answers)
  7. Grandparents
    • Did you know all of your grandparents?
    • What was a fun thing you did with one of your grandparents?
    • What do you know about your grandparents?
  8. Home life growing up
    • What did your family or you do for leisure?
    • What were some of the chores you had to do growing up?
    • What games did your family play together?
    • Did your family go swimming together?
    • Did your family sing together?
  9. Raising your family
    • Can you tell us about the birth of your children?
    • Can you tell me about fun things you did with your children?
    • Did you like reading books with your children?
    • Did you sing with your children?
    • Did you swim with your children?
    • What other fun memories do you have with your children?
    • Can you tell us about educating your children?
  10. Marriage
    • How did you meet your husband?
    • What was one of your favorite dates before you got married?
    • When and where did you get married?
    • Who attended your wedding?
    • Where did you go on your honeymoon?
    • What is something you enjoyed doing with your spouse?
    • How did you work out your differences?
    • What was a major accomplishment you achieved with your spouse?
    • Can you share something special about your spouse?
    • Have you been married more than one time?
  11. Elementary School
    • Where did you go to elementary school?
    • Do you remember any of your teachers’ names?
    • Do you have memories of a fun thing you learned or did in elementary school?
    • Did you do well in school or have areas you struggled in?
  12. Middle School
    • Where did you go to middle school?
    • Do you remember any of your teachers’ names?
    • Do you have memories of a fun thing you learned or did in middle school?
    • Did you do well in school or have areas you struggled in?
  13. High School
    • Where did you go to high school?
    • Do you remember any of your teachers’ names?
    • Do you have memories of a fun thing you learned or did in high school?
    • Did you do well in school or have areas you struggled in?
  14. College
    • Where did you go to college?
    • What was your degree in?
    • How did you decide on a major?
    • What were some of your favorite classes?
    • Do you remember any of your teachers’ names?
    • What were some fun things you did while in college?
    • Did you work while in college? If so, what jobs did you have?
  15. Career/Working
    • What jobs have you had?
    • What was your least favorite?
    • What was your favorite job?
    • What was the shortest job?
    • What was the longest job?
    • If you could have had another career, what would it have been?
    • When did you retire?
    • When do you hope to retire?
  16. Sports
    • What sports were you involved in during your life?
    • What sports do you like to watch?
    • Do you have a memory about playing one of these sports? An injury or great win, etc?
  17. Military
    • Were you in the military? If yes, which branch?
    • Do you have any family members who have served in the military? If yes, who and which branch?
    • Did you serve in a war?
    • Can you share memories of this time period?
  18. Dating
    • Tell about a fun date9s)?
    • Did you date anyone seriously before you met your spouse?
    • Where you proposed to more than one time?
    • What are your suggestions about dating for your grandchildren?
  19. Pets
    • Can you tell me about the pets you have had?
    • What was something you liked doing with one of your pets?
    • What were the names of your pets?
    • What kind of pets did you have?
    • What was your favorite pet?
  20. Music
    • Do you play an instrument?
    • What type of music do you like?
    • Do you like to sing?
    • Have you ever played in a band, orchestra, etc?
  21. Health
    • What is the worst injury you have had?
    • Have you had stitches? Why?
    • Have you every broken a bone? How?
    • Have you ever been hospitalized? Why and explain?
    • What is the sickest that you can remember?
    • Do you have any major health problems?
  22. Traumas
    • Where you ever in a fire, tornado, earthquake, etc.?
    • Has anyone in your family experienced a great trauma?
    • Do you have any suggestions how to handle trauma?
  23. Vacations
    • What was one of your favorite vacations?
    • Where would you like to travel to?
    • What was the worst vacation?
  24. Pictures
    • Take a picture with you and ask questions about it.
    • Ask if they have pictures to share.
    • Do they know who else might have pictures?
    • Take a picture of the two of you if possible.