Personal History Questions

Sometimes it's hard to know where to start when you begin to write your family history and in truth I don't think there is any bad starting point. But here's a few questions that I like to use to help get the ball rolling. It's starts out pretty basic and then starts digging deeper and some of these questions could probably fill up a whole book just by themselves. I always try to limit my answers because if I start writing too much then i never get back to it because I start to feel like it's going to take an hour or more that I don't have to spare. I'm sure you can relate to that feeling.

  1. What is your full name and why were you given that name?

2. Do you have a nickname? Did you have one growing up and why were you called that?

  1. When and where were you born? Anything significant about your birth or that happened the year you were born either historically or within your family?

  2. Where do you fall in your family? Oldest? Youngest?

  3. Where did you grow up? What's the first house your remember? How many times did you move?

  4. Describe your siblings

  5. What was your religion? When and where were you baptized? What was the religion of your grandparents/family?

8.What are some of your earliest and fondest memories of your childhood home?

  1. What was your room like?

  2. What is a memory you have with each of your brothers and sisters? (remember keep it short)

  3. What is a memory you have with each of your parents?

  4. What are the full names and birthdays of your brothers and sisters and did they have any nicknames?

  5. What did your family do for fun when you were a child?

  6. What chores did you have to do growing up and was there one that you absolutely hated?

  7. Do you remember having a favorite nursery rhyme or bedtime story?

  8. What were your favorite toys?

  9. What were your favorite books, activities, sports, movies, tv shows, music...?

  10. Where there any significant fads during your childhood that you remember and did you participate in them?

  11. Where did you attend grade school and what was your favorite subject or memory about those younger years?

  12. Where did you attend middle school and high school? What were your memories of those years...dances, sports, class subjects...

  13. How did you feel about school?

  14. What did you usually wear to school?

  15. How did you get to school?

  16. Did you and your friend have a special hangout where you liked to spend time?

  17. How many years of education have you completed? Did you attend any training after high school and if so where and in what area of study?

  18. Describe yourself as a young adult

  19. As a child what did you want to be when your grew up? Did you end up doing it?

  20. What was your first job?

  21. How did you decide your career?

  22. What jobs have you had?