On this particular occasion, I thought it would be a good opportunity for my students to share their family stories with the young woman, who their grandparents were and what they had done with their lives. Because most of their grandparents were born before the 1900s and in a different era of history, it usually makes an interesting discussion. Each was willing to share, afterall, we are all very proud of what we have found out. And everyone agreed that young people today were lucky because they could easily find out information about their parents and grandparents by just asking them. Because for everyone in my group it is sadly too late.
You can probably imagine our surprise when the young woman didn't know anything about her grandparents even though they are still alive.
This got me thinking about how important it is to ask parents and grandparents questions while they are still alive, and even if you are not really that interested in genealogy or family history, you might want to know the information one day. And what better way to bond with your parent or grandparent, including aunts and uncles, by asking them questions about when they were young.
To get you started these are some suggestions you could ask.
1. Where were your parents living when you were born?
2. Ask your mother where she grew up?
3. Ask your father where he grew up?
4. What schools did they go to?
5. Have you asked your parents where they met?
6. Where did they get married?
7. Where did your grandmothers grow up?
8. Where did your grandfathers grow up?
9. Which schools did they all go to?
I hope this gives you some ideas of getting started, let me know how you get on, or if you want more information about asking questions please contact me.
Until next time,
I hope you are all enjoying your research