•Questions to ask
–What is your full name? Do you know why your parents chose that name for you? Were you named after an ancestor? Someone famous? Do you have a nickname?
–Where were you born and when? Do you remember any stories that your parents shared with you about your birth? Do you have your birth and/ or baptismal certificates?
–When and where were your brothers and sisters born? Did they marry? Have Families? (Follow up for the details) What were they like? Do you have any favorite memories of them?
–When and where did you meet your wife/husband? How did your meeting come about? Was she/he your first love? Can you describe the proposal, the wedding ceremony, the honeymoon?
–When and where were your parents born? What are their full names? What do/did they look like? What were their occupations? How did they come to meet and marry?
–Where and when were your grandparents born? (both sets) What do/did they look like? What were their occupations? How did they come to meet and marry?
–Who was the oldest person you can remember in your family as a child? What do you remember about them? Do you remember visiting other relatives or family friends as a child?
–Did you serve in any wars? If so, which war? Which branch of the service were you in?
–Are there any items, traditions or customs in the family which have been handed down from generation to generation (these could include everything from naming traditions to jewelry to recipes)?
I will be putting more questions together in the next few days.