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*Tracing Your Roots > Jewish > Pulling It Together
* Questions for Interviewing Family Members 
 
  • Has anyone in your family produced a family tree? If so who?
  • If your relative came from abroad, how did he/she travel to England?
  • What was the town you came from like?
  • Did your grandparents live in the same place?
  • What was your occupation/positions held?
  • How did you meet your spouse?
  • Tell me about your parents?
  • Tell me about your siblings?
  • What was your life like as a child (including the sweets you enjoyed; the games you played; your friends; clubs and organisations you belonged to etc.)?
  • What were your hobbies? Did you belong to the Guides, Scouts or Jewish Lads Brigade?
  • At what age did you leave school? Which school?
  • Describe your mother's kitchen when you were a child.
  • Was your father in the forces? Do you have his regimental details or army record?
  • Was he on active service? If yes, where?
  • Do you have any interesting stories he told you about his time in the forces?
  • Do you own a family bible?
  • Do you have any old photo albums?
  • Do you have copies of any birth, marriage/ ketubot or death certificates?
  • Do you have any family stories or specific family phrases, which have been passed down to you?
  • What would you change if you could live your life again?
  • What diseases or conditions, if any, have affected your family e.g. colour blindness, heart disease, diabetes etc?
  • Did you have holidays as a child/adult? Where did you go?
  • Was your family religious?
  • What Synagogue did you belong to? Get married in?
  • Do you have any family recipes, which have been handed down to you?
  • What are your happiest/unhappiest memories?
  • Have you kept any memorabilia? For example, valentine, birthday, anniversary cards; wedding, barmitzvah party invitations; certificates; menus; membership cards etc.
  • What did you do during the War? Were you in the forces, land, army, ARP or other)? Where were you stationed?
  • Were you evacuated? If so, what was it like? Where were you sent? What was the family you stayed with like? What school did you attend?
  • Don't forget to record full details of the person being interviewed as well as the date and circumstances of the session
This section is reproduced by courtesy of Rosemary Wenzerul


Creators: Dr Saul Issroff

 
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