Posted by Ancestry Team in Family Research

Interview Relatives to Discover Your Family History

17 May 2011


Interview Grandma

Interview Grandma and other family members

Do you want to discover your family history, but are not quite sure where to start? One of the best ways to learn about your family history is also the most often overlooked. Interview your relatives!

You’ll be amazed by the wealth of information you can discover about the colorful personalities in your family simply by asking the right questions. Take the list of questions below to your next family gathering and start interviewing your relatives.

You can go through the entire list in one sitting or break it up into many sessions. You might even consider audio or video taping the sessions. Such tapes make a priceless record of your family and their stories for future generations.

Family History Interview Questions:

  • What is your full name? Why did your parents choose this name for you? Did you have a nickname?
  • When and where were you born? Where you told any stories about your birth?
  • What is your earliest childhood memory?
  • What were your brothers and sisters like?
  • What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? What school activities and sports did you participate in?
  • Did your family have any particular beliefs or traditions, or did you celebrate any special holidays?
  • Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes? Music? What were your favorite things to do for fun? ?
  • What would you consider the most important inventions that have been made during your lifetime?
  • What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally affect your family?
  • How old were you when you left home and where did you live?
  • Did you receive any further education or training?
  • Did you do military service? How long did you serve? What units or regiments did you belong to? Did you ever serve abroad?
  • What occupations have you had and where have you worked?
  • How did you meet your spouse? When did you get married? Did you go on honeymoon?
  • When and where were your children born? Do you have any stories about their births?
  • When and where were your parents born? What where their occupations?
  • Did your parents tell you how they met?
  • Of all the things you learned from your parents, what do you feel was the most valuable?
  • Do you remember your grandparents? Do you recall any stories about them, or details about their lives?
  • Did you ever hear stories about your great-grandparents? Did you meet them? Do you know where they lived or died?
  • Are there any special heirlooms, photos, bibles or other memorabilia that have been passed down in your family?
  • What do you know about your family surname?
  • Did you know of anyone in the family who migrated? Why did they leave their native land?

In closing, it’s always a good idea to ask if there is anything you haven’t asked that they would like to comment on. You’ll often be pleasantly surprised by the answers!

The questions above are intended as a guide so be sure to personalize conversations with your own questions as well. Have fun and don’t forget to update your Mundia family tree with your new discoveries and family stories.




21 Sep 2011
at 11:40 am

See more about family tree in

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stella brook

20 Dec 2011
at 11:00 pm

william punton and emma white are my grand parents mary gladys and doris are my aunts william my uncle my great gradad was also called william and his wife eleanor they owned or leased the three legs inn in wetherby in the market place any history or photos would be very much appreicated i live in the outer hebrdes nr stornoway my name is stella brook please contact me.

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stella brook

20 Dec 2011
at 11:03 pm

gladys and doris were twins

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Paul Riley

22 Dec 2011
at 10:51 pm

Are you able to contact other members of Mundia that are listed as Private ?

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Ruud van Mens

24 Jan 2012
at 10:56 am

The beta site is working satisfactorily. Only, is there an explanation why earlier placed pictures are suddenly no longer be displayed?

Ruud van Mens

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Chris waye

19 Apr 2012
at 11:40 am

Interesting site….100% for entertainment value as I now have siblings I never knew I had… LOL

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5 May 2012
at 2:26 pm

How can I access a private profile? My great great grand mother´s profile is available, but her husband´s (my great great grand father shows as private. Is there any way to obtain a permit or contact the owner of the info?

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23 Oct 2012
at 6:48 am

Dlaczego nie można wysyłać zaproszeń dla rodziny. Zgłaszam problem ale nikt nie odpowiada. To po co taki program, który źle działa. Teraz muszę usunąć drzewo, bo jest nieprzydatne.

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3 Nov 2012
at 1:56 pm

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Osmena abdul

5 Dec 2012
at 4:31 am

My great great grandfather was sultan adzid” known Dipatuan of buayan royal sultanate his father datu maputi mening brother of rajahbuayan malang sa inged son of sultan kayab”sabaraba” dalumabi of buayan son of datu tapudi and bai gawang daughter datu maputi munkai son of rajah sirungan of buayan(1565 a.d) son of malang sa inge 1st son of datu budtol son of datu mamu the king of buayan the descendants of sharif alimudin of johore, sultanate of malacca

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Osmena abdul

5 Dec 2012
at 4:38 am

My maternal side, bai palamanes daughter of datu salih gayugen son of datu ambet sultan adzid wife of datu abdullah mother of datu osmena abdul grandson of sultan adzid”dipatuan of buayan

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george whittle

30 Dec 2012
at 7:47 am

i have families of whittles from darwen uk and shorrocks from darwen. i have a long list and go way back so if anyone wants more info let me know

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28 Jan 2013
at 5:45 pm

Hi there,

whats the difference between ancestry and mundia? I have registered and become a premium member in ancestry. Why should I as well register for mundia? I am quite… confused!!

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18 Oct 2013
at 11:25 am

What is the length or how many mb can your family tree be? Mine is a rather long family tree with alot of history

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Rosalyn Higham 17/5/43 Bremmell

27 Apr 2014
at 10:56 am

my mother was the daughter of Elizabeth Anne Rose Nee Budsworth but you do not seem to have her listed her name Daisy Eileen Bremmell nee Rose born 16/12/1911 she was the sister A. May Roberts my Aunty May why has she been left out please see the Rose and the Budsworth listing

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20 Nov 2014
at 1:38 pm

Mf3c pěkne9…mf3c, ale přemfdšledš, poměřuju, propočedte1ve1m, jestli se tam vejde me1 běžne1 sneddaně – dva ředzky vepřovfd!? Kdyby ne, tak bys mi muelsa koupit většed KPŽetku, na tom se domluvedme, ano?A propos…zejtra bude medt pošťe1k faplně uředcenfd tve1ře, valim na poštu 😉

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20 Nov 2014
at 3:27 pm

, 20 Shtator 2012 n 16:34 Ambjent i kendshem, por psooria per 2 club sandwich u vonua 35 min. Buka e bere me brume pice ishte e ftohte dhe patatet e skuqura te nxehta. Do te shkoja prape, por vetem per kafe, jo per te ngrene.

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20 Nov 2014
at 7:28 pm

This piece was cogent, wetlrw-ilten, and pithy.

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20 Nov 2014
at 7:50 pm

There’s a secret about your post. ICTBTTIHYKY

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21 Nov 2014
at 11:33 am

I very thankful that I found these pages of steert naming, considering that the sponsor of resolution in naming the steerts of News Society, Barangay Apopong is not doing his/her home works.The proponent is naming the steerts without historical values and no relevance at all.Naming the steerts after the a name of person without an iota of contribution to the welfare of the people is very disgusting. The proponent maybe is lack of historical background of the said barangay or maybe is naive nor ignorant in doing his job.Pity to those people who died by serving the community ever since and fade away without honoring their name against those people who died without any good deeds living to the community.Now here we come! they are honored by naming the steert after their names, How dare You!

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Teofilo Rodriguez Fernandez

22 Feb 2015
at 7:31 pm

Forme mi árbol genealógico con mas de 185 familiares pero lamentablemente desaparecio quisiera saber si me pueden ayudar a recuperarlo

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Teofilo Rodriguez Fernandez

8 Dec 2015
at 12:47 pm

Forme mi arbol genealogico con 185 familiares pero lamentablemente no he podido volver a acceder a el para incluir nuevos mienbros ni compartirlo con familiares les agradeceria su ayuda para la recuperacion de mis datos Gracias

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Teofilo Rodriguez Fernandez

8 Dec 2015
at 12:48 pm

Ya lo he comentado

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Teofilo Rodriguez Fernandez

8 Dec 2015
at 12:50 pm

les agradezco la recuperacion de mis datos

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Teofilo Rodriguez Fernandez

8 Dec 2015
at 12:51 pm

ya esta comentado 4 veces

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Teofilo Rodriguez Fernandez

29 Jan 2016
at 6:20 pm

He perdido el contacto con mi arbol genealogicoy q

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Teofilo Rodriguez Fernandez

29 Jan 2016
at 6:22 pm

No se porque razon he perdido la conexion con mi arbol genealogico les agradeceria me ayudasen a recuperarla

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Teofilo Rodriguez Fernandez

2 Feb 2016
at 6:55 pm

quisiera recuperar mi arbol genealogico

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