Interview Questions To Know Your Childhood :
The family house :
37. What type of house did you live in as a child? Otherbuildings on the same property?
38. If you moved during your childhood, tell where and whenand what you can remember of each house and the familycircumstances and the reason for the move.
39. In what room did you eat? Kitchen? Dining room?
40. How was your home heated?
41. Did you have a fireplace?
42. What kind of kitchen stove did your parents cook on?What fuel was used?
43. Did you have to buy the fuel or was this a chore, such ascutting wood, with which you had to help?
44. Did you always have electricity? If not, when did you getit? Was it a big deal?
45. Did you ever use candles or kerosene lamps?
46. Did your family have a cellar? Where did you store food?
47. Where did your family get water? Was it plentiful? Whatmethods were used to conserve water?
Family relations, responsibilities, conditions :
48. What was your position in the family? Oldest? Youngest?
49. What were your duties as a small child? Did you havechores?
50. Who cooked the meals? Ironing, cleaning, etc.?
51. Did you buy or make your own clothing?
52. When did you learn to cook and who taught you?
53. Did you ever learn to sew? Crochet? Knit? Embroider?And who taught you?
54. Did you ever learn the mechanics of a car and who taughtyou?
55. Did your family keep in touch with distant family? Do youstill keep in touch?
56. Did you visit relatives often?
57. How did you get your mail?
58. What do you remember about family pets?
59. Were you especially close to anyone in the family? Who?
60. How did the family spend its evenings?
61. Did you get an allowance? How much? What did youspend it on?
62. Do you remember your family discussing world events andpolitics? What were some of the topics?
Family income and livelihood :
63. What did your father do for a living?
64. Did your mother ever work outside of the home? What didshe do?
65. Did you contribute to the family income? How?
66. When did you get your first job outside of the family?
67. Did your family have a garden? Who did the work on thegarden? What kinds of vegetables did you grow?
68. Did your family have fruit trees? Who did the canning?
69. Did you raise chickens?
70. What kind of meat did you eat?
71. If you lived on a farm, what crops were planted? Who didthe work? Family? Hired hands? Did you keep a cow for milk?Did you make your own butter and cheese? Did anyone in thefamily sell eggs or butter?
Days, seasons, and special occasions :
72. What did Sunday mean to you (family dinner, etc.)?
73. Did you attend church on Sunday? Where did you attendchurch?
74. Were there any other special days of the week?
75. How did you spend Christmas?
76. What kinds of gifts did you receive at Christmas?
77. Did your family observe Easter?
78. How and where did you observe the Fourth of July?
79. Other special holidays?
80. How was your birthday celebrated? What kinds of gifts didyou receive?
81. Did your family entertain often? When?
82. Did your family attend picnics? Family reunions? What doyou remember about them?
83. How did you keep cool in the summer?
84. What did you wear in the winter to keep warm?
85. Do you remember any particular blizzards or tornadoes orfloods?
Friends and Games :
86. Did you have a favorite toy?
87. What were your favorite foods? What did you hate?
88. What did you do for recreation?
89. What kind of books did you read?
90. Did you or your brothers or sisters have any hobbies?
91. Who was your best friend?
92. What did you and your friends do when you got together?
93. Did you and your playmates play any organized games?
94. Did you ever learn to swim? Who taught you?
95. Did you participate in youth organizations?
96. What was the most mischievous thing you did as ayoungster?
97. Whom did you admire most when you were young?
98. Has there ever been anyone in your life that you consideredto be your “soul mate”? Who was it and why did you feelthat way?
Interview Questions To Know Your Childhood
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