Grandparents are the overlooked jewels of our families. Too often, we forget the priceless family history, life stories and wisdom they hold. My job is to capture their stories for families so knowing what questions to ask is key. Below are a few of my favorite Legacy Interview Questions.
To learn more about your grandparent’s life story and your family history, ask the Legacy Interview Questions below.
~ Legacy Interview Questions ~
- What do you remember about your own grandparents?
In the past, it was common for multiple generations of a family to live together. Chances are, your grandparents lived with their grandparents at some point. Learn about your great, great-grandparents by asking your grandparents what they did for a living, where they were born and to recount some of their favorite stories. Ask if they remember their grandparents talking about the family history. While Ancestry.com is a great resource, a grandparent’s memories may be even better!
- What do you remember about your parents?
This time, ask your grandparents to describe their parents, their favorite memories of them, the best advice they ever gave and so on. Don’t be afraid to ask questions as a little probing can often reveal a treasure trove of priceless information.
- How did you spend your free time?
What did children do before television, computers, cell phones and scheduled activities? Discover how your grandparents spent their free time and you may find yourself longing for a time before modern technology. Be sure to give them time to think as recalling one memory often triggers many more stories.
- How did you meet your spouse?
Get ready to smile! Ask your grandparents to share the story of how they met and to show photos from their early years together. Ask if they could have ever imagined when they first laid eyes on each other that you would be asking these questions today.
- What was your greatest challenge?
Everyone faces hardship at one or more times in their lives. Learning what challenges a grandparent faced and overcame will give you a better understanding of who they are as well as lessons to reflect on when facing your own hardships.
~ Legacy Videos ~
Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story for your family to know!
Here at Family Tree Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed interview together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful “moving portrait” capturing your loved one as they recount their life story, family history and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.
To learn more about capturing your grandparent’s life story in a Legacy Video, visit FamilyTreeVideo.com!
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