50 great questions to ask your grandparents

The summer holidays are here again! And with them a reminder of what felt like endless sunny days as a child before school started again. A lot of us got to spend time with our grandparents. How we wish now that we had listened and recorded their stories more!

One of the amazing things about holidays is the time that you get to spend with your family. And why not get the kids to take advantage of that and interview older generations about what their life was like? We have prepared 50 questions with some follow ups to help them get started and you can find them below.

We’ve also prepared a printable PDF that you can download if they want to have it to use as a script.

Don’t forget — all memories can be uploaded to Tell History so that no one’s voice can be forgotten and be part of the world’s largest story.


 

  1. When and where were you born?
  2. How come you were born there? Why/ how come your family was living there at the time?
  3. What was the name on your birth certificate?
  4. Why was this name chosen or are you named after someone?
  5. Did you have a nickname growing up? Where did it come from?
  6. Where did you live growing up?
  7. Did you live near any other family?
  8. What was the house or apartment/ranch etc. like? How many rooms were there? How were they decorated and how many of you lived there?
  9. What were the bathrooms like? Were they inside?
  10. Did the house have electricity or gas?
  11. What technology did you have in the house? Did you have a telephone? Did you have a television?
  12. Is there anything special, a piece of furniture, a room or the garden, for example that you remember fondly? What was it and why?
  13. What is your earliest memory? Can you tell me about it?
  14. Did you have brothers or sisters? If you did, what were their names? What were they like? Did you play with them when you were growing up?
  15. What kind of games did you play?
  16. How did you used to play them?
  17. What did you play with other kids?
  18. Did you have a favorite toy? What was it? Why was it your favorite?
  19. What did you do for entertainment? Did you go to the cinema? bowling? for walks?
  20. Did you help around the house or in the yard? What chores did you have?
  21. Did you get paid for those chores? Or did you receive an allowance? How much was it? Who gave it to you and when?
  22. Did you save your money or spend it? What did you spend it on?
  23. Did you go to school?
  24. Where was your school and was did it look like?
  25. What subjects did you get taught and what subjects were your favorite/worst?
  26. Can you remember any teachers? What were they like?
  27. Did you go on to high school/college? What did you do there?
  28. Do you remember a fashion from your teenage years? Did you wear it? Was it music or a style of clothes?
  29. Did you have a role model growing up? Who did you admire? Why?
  30. What kind of music did you listen to? How did you listen to it? How did you find out about new music?
  31. Did you have a religion in the family? How did you practice that?
  32. What was the bravest thing you ever did growing up?
  33. Where were your friends from? Your town or street or school? What were they like?
  34. What was your favorite food? Who did the cooking in your house? What did they cook? Did you have family meals?
  35. How did you celebrate holidays? Are there traditions that we still have / that I would recognize?
  36. What do you think is the biggest difference in holidays?
  37. What stories have come down to you about your parents? Grandparents?
  38. Do we have anyone famous in our family? Was anyone ever in the newspaper or on TV?
  39. Do you remember any world events that impacted on you as a child or teenager? Did any of them personally affect your family?
  40. When and how did you meet grandma/grandpa? Did you go on dates? Where did you go? Did their parents approve?
  41. How did you propose / how were you proposed to? Where and when did it happen? How did you feel?
  42. Where and when did you get married? What was it like? What did you wear? What did the guests wear?
  43. What do you remember most about your wedding day? How did you celebrate? What did you eat?
  44. How would you describe grandma/grandpa? What do (did) you admire most about them?
  45. What is your best story about grandma/grandpa?
  46. What was your job? Why did you do that job?
  47. Has this job changed if I were to do it today?
  48. What career did you want to have when you were a child and why?
  49. Do you have a turning point in your life that gave you the direction your found yourself going in? Maybe more than one?
  50. What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?

Download the printable PDF Questions to ask your grandparents 


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