Family History Interview Topics

Suggestions for developing questions to ask in oral history interviews

* AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

* CAREER

* COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & ORGANIZATIONS

* EARLY CHILDHOOD & FAMILY

* FAMILY HISTORY & TRADITIONS

* FAVORITE STORIES

* FAVORITES

* FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS

* HEALTH & MEDICAL

* HISTORICAL EVENTS

* HOBBIES & LEISURE ACTIVITIES

* MARRIAGE & CHILDREN

* MILITARY SERVICE

* PARENTS’ BACKGROUND, CAREERS, ETC.

* PETS

* POLITICAL BELIEFS

* RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

* RESIDENCES

* RETIREMENT YEARS

* SCHOOL YEARS & EDUCATION

* VACATIONS & TRAVEL
These links will take you from the Women’s History Project of NW Michigan website. We are not responsible for the content of these websites.

(A list of sample questions for family history interviews. Note that the questions are open-ended, requiring more than a yes/no answer).

(A list of helpful references with suggested questions and approaches to family oral history).

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