It is important that you just don’t answer the question, but rewrite the question into the full answer. For example, if the question is “When was your grandfather born?” do not write, “1927 in Chicago”. Write, “My grandfather was born in 1927 in Chicago.”
Here are questions you can answer to create a script for a family or individual’s history. Please note that many of these questions are optional and may or may not pertain to your story. Feel free to rearrange the questions to be in chronological order of the story you are telling. Here is an example of how is script is written by answering some simple questions. And remember, if you don’t see questions that you think would better tell you story, add them and answer them!
When and where were you born?
Who were your parents?
When were and where were they born.
What are your memories of them and what values did they impart on you?
Who is the oldest relatives you can remember and what are your memories of them.
Was there anything unique about the era or area you grew up in? (Optional).
What events in your childhood had a lasting impact on you (summer vacations, loss of a sibling, etc.)
Where did you go to school and/or college?
Did you move around as a child / young adult? (Optional)
Is there any thing unique about your childhood that shaped your life (loss of their parent when young, a childhood disease, grew up in the depression, etc.)?
Did you serve in the military and if so, where. If you served during wartime, please elaborate?
How did you meet your spouse, when did you get married?
What do you do for an occupation?
How many children did you have and what were their names, in order?
What were the most important values you conveyed to them? (Religion, Community Involvement, Education, ect.)
As an adult, what challenges or adversities have you experienced and how did they impact you?
Reflecting back, what some of the life’s “lessons learned” that you want to share with your children/grandchildren or younger generations.