As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? What was your first job? How did you decide on a career?
What jobs have you had?
Did you make enough money to live comfortably?
How long did you have to work each day at your job?
How old were you when you retired? Or when do you want to retire or will be able to retire?
If you served in the military, when and where did you serve and what were your duties? Rank? Were you ever injured in the line of duty? How old were you when you started dating? Do you remember your first date? Could you tell me something about it? When, where and how did you first meet your present spouse? Do you remember where you went on the first date with your spouse?
How long did you know him/her before you got married? Describe your wedding proposal. Where and when did you get married? (Include date, place, church, etc.) Describe your wedding ceremony. Who was there? Were there a best man, a bridesmaid, other wedding party members and who were they? Did you have a honeymoon? Where did you go? Were you married more than once? If so, answer the previous questions about each spouse. How would you describe your spouse(s)? What do (did) you admire most about them? How long have you been or were you married?
When and where did your spouse die? What advice would you give/did you give to your child or grandchild on his/her wedding day? How did you find out you were going to be a parent for the first time? How many children did you have all together? What were their names, birth dates and birthplaces? Why did you give them the names that you did? Do you remember anything your children did when they were small that really amazed you? What is one of the most unusual things one of your children did regularly when they were small? What was the funniest thing you can remember that one of your children said or did? If you had to do it all over again, would you change the way you raised your family?
What did you find most difficult about raising children? What did you find most rewarding about being a parent? Did you spoil any of your children? Were you strict or lenient as a parent? Did you find you had to treat each of your children differently? If so, why? How did you feel when the first of your children went to school for the first time? How did you first hear that you were a grandparent and how did you feel about it? What advice do you have for your children and grandchildren about being a parent? Where did your spouse's parents live? When and where did your parents die? What do you remember about it?
How did they die? Where were they hospitalized and buried? What do you remember about the death of your spouse's parents? Do you remember hearing your grandparents describe their lives? What did they say? Do you remember your great-grandparents? Who was the oldest person you remember as a child? Did you have any of the childhood diseases? Do you have any health problems that are considered hereditary? What do you do regularly for exercise? Do you have any bad habits now or in the past? Have you ever been the victim of a crime?
Have you ever been in a serious accident? Has anyone ever saved your life? Have you ever been hospitalized? If so, what for? Have you ever had surgery? What would you consider the most important inventions during your lifetime? Do you remember the first time you saw a television; a car; a refrigerator? How is the world different from what it was like when you were a child? Do you remember your family discussing world events and politics? How would you describe yourself politically? Are you conservative or liberal, and why? Do you remember what you or your parents thought about income tax when it began in 1913?
Do you remember anything about the days of Prohibition? How did the Depression affect you? What U.S. president have you admired the most and why? What did you think of President Franklin D. Roosevelt? How did you react to his death? How did you react to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? What wars have been fought during your lifetime? What were you doing when you heard the news of the Pearl Harbor bombing? How did World War II affect you? How did the Korean War affect you? How did the Vietnam War affect you?