Ancestry publishes 12 questions to uncover your family history

By Rosemary Collins, 21 April 2020 - 1:50pm

The 12 questions are designed to help family historians stay in touch with older relatives during the coronavirus lockdown

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Ancestry's 12 questions will help you find out more about your ancestors' lives (Picture credit: Sarah Williams)

Family history website Ancestry has revealed 12 key questions to ask older family members to uncover their life story and family history.

The questions, developed with psychologist Honey Langcaster-James, are designed to help families stay in touch during the coronavirus lockdown.

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A survey conducted by Ancestry last year found that 57% of British adults believe being connected to more of their family members is a key factor in improving wellbeing.

Russell James, family history expert at Ancestry, said: “Family stories, memories and even family legends can be some of the greatest stories never told and now could be a good time to ask those questions whether that be over the phone or via a video call.”

The 12 questions are:

1. What are your earliest memories?

2. What do you remember about your grandparents, aunts and uncles?

3. What were your parents like and what are your clearest memories of them?

4. What memories stand out from your school days?

5. Who were your favourite friends in childhood and what did you get up to together?

6. Who was your first crush or first love, and what can you remember about them?

7. What do you remember about your first job and what was it like doing what you did for a living?

8. How did you meet your husband/wife and what can you remember about your wedding?

9. Where was your first home, and what was it like getting your own home for the first time?

10. What was it like having your first child?

11. What memories do you have of raising your children and what did they get up to when they were young?

12. If you were to write your life story to hand it all on to future generations of your family, what other stories would you want them to hear?

Have you ever asked a family member any of these questions? What did they say? What other questions would you add to this list? Let us know by email!

 

 

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