Life Story Interview Questions

Life Story Interview Questions
Life Story Interview Questions by Family Tree Video

Have you ever wanted to know what your mother was like as a child? What your grandfather did for a living? Or how your parents met? Below are Life Story Interview Questions to ask your parents or grandparents to learn more about their life stories and your family history.

As a Video Biographer, I ask well over 100 questions in an interview so be sure to add your own questions to the list. And don’t forget to ask follow-up questions!

Life Story Interview Questions

  1. What is your full name?
  2. When were you born?
  3. Where were you born?
  4. What is/was your father’s/mother’s name?
  5. Where was he/she from?
  6. Describe your father/mother.
  7. What did your father/mother do for work?
  8. What were your father’s/mother’s parents’ names?
  9. Where were they were from?
  10. What did your father’s/mother’s parents do for work?
  11. Do you know any more about their family history?
  12. How did your parents meet?
  13. Do you have any siblings? List names and birthdates.
  14. Where did you grow up?
  15. Describe the neighborhood/s.
  16. What schools did you attend?
  17. What were your favorite subjects?
  18. Did you have any chores?
  19. How did you spend your free time?
  20. How would you describe yourself as a child?
  21. What values were important to your parents?
  22. Did you go college? If so, how did you pay for it?
  23. Briefly describe your career.
  24. How did you meet your spouse?
  25. What was your first impression of him/her?
  26. Describe your wedding.
  27. List the names and birthdates of your children.
  28. What advice would you give your grandchildren on parenting?
  29. What do you most admire about your spouse?
  30. What advice would you give your grandchildren on marriage?

While is a great resource, a parent or grandparent’s memories are often better!

For ways to record your grandparent’s stories, check out my post: ‘Recording a Grandparent’s Stories’.

~ Legacy Videos ~

Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story for your family to know!

Legacy Video production by Family Tree Video

Here at Family Tree Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed interview with a parent or grandparent 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 years to come.

To learn more about capturing your parent or grandparent’s life story in a Legacy Video, visit us at

Family Tree Video LLC
Legacy Video Production
(312) 402-6406

Susan Saunders
Legacy Video Producer

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Life Story Interview Questions

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