Talk to living relatives

Encourage children to talk to their living relatives, especially the older ones. Hearing stories about what life was like in the past helps young people connect to the past. This connection brings generations together and establishes strong family bonds.

Expert Tip: Take your children with you as you visit with a relative and teach them how to talk comfortably with older people. Explain what is appropriate and what is not appropriate.

Children and teenagers can interview relatives and record the interviews on a video- or audiotape. Questions they could ask include:
◾Where did you grow up?
◾What were your parents like? Your siblings?
◾What do you remember about your grandparents?
◾Who were your friends?
◾What was school like for you?
◾What did you do for fun when you were a child? When you were a teenager?
◾What movies and songs did you like when you were young?
◾How did you meet your spouse?
◾What important lessons have you learned in your life?

For more information about conducting interviews, please refer to the lesson “How to Conduct Family History Interviews”. For a more detailed list of questions to ask a family member, please refer to “How to Conduct Family History Interviews,” and “How to Create a Personal History”.