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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Personal Interview Question Ideas

Below is a list of interview questions that can be used to help you start your personal history.  I have used many, adapted a few, and created a few of my own.  It is a place to start.  The questions have not been edited for spelling and grammatical problems.  I acquired them from the internet a few years back and between copying and pasting formatting issues and errors that already existed these have more than a few problems.  The questions do serve there purpose of inspiring the mind to remember.  I hope these questions help you start your personal history.

Personal History Interview Questions

How did you first meet your in‑laws?

And your Father-In-Law?

Did you serve in the military? If so, where and when? What do your remember most about the experience?

Tell how you feel about water, playing in it, using it. Tell about various bodies of water you have seen and an experience or feeling about it.

Tell about how, when and where you learned to drive or any memorable experiences involving driving.

Write about one relative (other than immediate family) in your family that you have special feelings for.

Did you go camping? Tell about some experiences doing it.

Describe the home(s) you grew up in:

Would you choose differently if you could choose your occupation again? Why? How? Any advice?

If you could be and animal, which one would you choose and why?

Tell about your mother:

Tell about your wedding. Where it was, by whom, parties, given, receptions, maid of honor, best man, colors, flowers, special music, cost, etc.

What do you remember about yourself as a teenager? What was important to you? Your dreams? Yours goals?

Tell about early romances.

Did you go to college or take any vocational training? What and where?

Were there any world, local, or personal events that changed your life?

Describe a favorite vacation in your married years.

Tell about your parents  philosophy of raising kids, discipline, rules, etc.

Do you recall any special events which took place on your block or in your neighborhood while you were growing up, deaths, fires, accidents, illnesses (quarantines), etc.?
Tell about any pets you had as a child.

Tell about your teenage social life. Your friends, dances, movies, dating, outings, church functions, etc.

Tell about your father ‑ personality, characteristics, stature, coloring, talents, temperament, family stories about him, his role in your home etc.

What convinced you most in you choice of a spouse?

Did you belong to girl/boy scouts or 4‑H? Tell about experiences you had there.

Describe your Sundays as a mother/father.

Where were you and what were you doing when the first man landed on the moon?

Where would you most like to vacation and why?

Tell about school C schools attended, special teachers, friends, classes, activities, humorous situations, achievements, etc.

What kind of sports did you play, did you watch, did you like? How about now?

How did you like being the oldest, youngest or middle child? Did it have any advantaged or disadvantages?

Where were you and what were you doing the day President Kennedy was shot?

What brings you the most peace and why?

Tell about a special date you had with a girl/boy friend, or your fiancé.

Tell about a frustrating experience you ve had with a car.

What kind of music do you like? Any memories associated with specific music.

Tell where you went to school C list teachers C subjects C friends.

Describe your mothers wedding dress. What do you know about her wedding?

Tell about a frustrating experience you ve had on a washday. ... with the machine.. . . the outcome of the clothes.. . . etc.

Thinking back, was there a teacher(s) or class that had a great influence on you?

How do you feel about death? Tell about your philosophy of after life. (If this is a tough one, skip it.)

Tell a courtship story about your parents, how they met, etc. Then tell the same about yourself.

Did you go on a mission? If so where and when? Did you learn a foreign language? What do you remember most about it?

Describe the downtown area at Christmas time.., when you were a child.

Where were you and what were you doing the day the wall came down in East Germany C or the day of the coup of the USSR?

Describe a typical school day as a child in elementary school.

Tell about your mother C personality, characteristics, stature, coloring, talents, temperament, family stories about her, her role in your home, etc.

Tell about retirement C when, where what will you do with your time?

What church callings did your parents have? What do you remembers about their attitudes, feelings, and dedication towards each calling?

Tell about dreams, expectations, and hopes you have for each of your children.

Have you met or worked with any famous people? Where when etc.

Describe a typical day during your high school days.

Where did your grandparents live? What was their home like? Did it have a certain "smell" or "look" or "feel" about it?

Describe a trip downtown as a youngster.

What is your favorite animal? Tell why.

Tell about any conditions surrounding your birth that you are aware of. Tell any interesting stories about your beginnings

How your name was chosen, any close calls, etc.

Write your testimony of life marriage the gospel.

Where would you most like to live most of all and why?

What were your fathers best traits? His worst? What traits do you share?

Tell about religion practiced in your home C faith promoting stories, etc.

How do you feel about winning? Losing?

Describe your wedding dress, bridesmaid s dresses, etc.

Describe getting a Christmas tree with your family as a child. How did you decorate it.... when did you put it up... . etc.?

What do you feel has been the most significant world event that has taken place during your lifetime and why?

Tell about any exciting experiences in your lifetime. (Girl/Boy Scouts, surprises, trips, a dream come true, winning something, etc.)

How do you feel about school?

Tell about favorite games you played as a child.

Tell about interesting or important visitor(s) to your home.

Tell about your favorite aunt.

What is the most adventuresome thing you have done?

Describe the perfect spring day and activities done on that day.

Describe walking down main street in your hometown.

Tell about family reunions.

Did you have a favorite subject in school? One you dreaded?

Do you like rainstorms? Why? Why not? Do you have memories connected to rain?

Write about some places you went with your mother.

If you could be a tree, what kind of tree would you be? Why?

Between the ages of five and ten, what was your favorite activity?

What was your favorite Saturday activity as a child?

Do you remember a special birthday party you ve had given or been to? Describe it C people, food, games, etc.

Write a want add that describes your mother.

Describe the perfect summer day. What would you do on that day?

Where did your parents live when they were first married? Tell about other places they have lived as well.

Do you remember special feelings you had as a child? Fears, fantasies, etc.?

Describe your favorite dress/outfit as a youngster.., as a youth ... etc.

Describe the perfect winter day. Tell about an activity you would do on that day.

Share a principle you have learned, or one you have taught.

What is your advice to those younger than you?

Tell about some of your neighbors as a child.. youth. . adult.

Did you and your father share any interests? Tell about your relationship.

What did you father do for a living? How did he get to work, what time did he go and get home, did he take his lunch? Who did he work with? Did he get special training from anyone or anywhere to his job?

Where you ever in a drama, speech, sports, pep or glee club, etc.?

What things do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child? Describe then and now, differences, similarities, etc. How old were you and your husband when you were married? How old were your parents when they were married? Describe yourselves, your plans, your hopes, etc. at that time.

Tell about your favorite uncle.

What special things did you do with your father?

Describe a childhood Christmas.

What makes each of your brothers and sisters special? Be specific.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

How many brothers and sisters do you have? Describe them. Tell a story about you and each of them.

Tell about your favorite General Authority. Who and why?

What special things did you do with your mother?

What was a favorite place to go with your family when you were young?

What is your favorite holiday? How do you celebrate?

Describe your cooking skills as a young bride. Give one of your favorite recipes and tell where it came from.

What is your principle occupation and what circumstances led to it?

Are there any family heirlooms in your possession? Tell about them and how you came to acquire them.

Describe a favorite childhood friend and some things your did with her/him.

What do your think about movies? What is your favorite movie and why?

Did you ever wish you had more brothers or sisters or less? Why?

Tell the words of a song from your childhood. What memories does it bring back?

Did it snow where you lived as a child? What kinds of things did you do in it?

Do you remember any of your grandparents? Any great grandparents? What were their names? Any memories you have.

What political party comes closest to representing your own point of view? How do you feel about politics?

Describe a "sound" from your childhood. What was it? When did you hear it? What does it bring to mind?

Describe a typical school day during your Jr. High/Middle School years.

What is a favorite family place to go with your husband/wife and kids?

What do you remember about the day you were baptized?

What are you frightened of? Why?

How did your mother spend her time?

Do you have a favorite author? Who? Why? Tell about your favorite books as a child    youth    adult.

Did you and your mother share an interest in any special activity? What was it?

What instrument do you play or wish you could play?

Did you have a childhood hideout? Where? Describe it.

What are some of your favorite smells? Why?

Did you have a bicycle? What was it like?

Describe your first paying job. What was your salary? Your duties? What was your boss like?

How did you become engaged?

What do you think about television?

Write a want add that describes your father.

Describe a childhood birthday.

What did your grandfathers do for a living? Did your grandmothers work too?

Tell about some of the most notable people in your hometown.

Did you have a favorite TV show as a child or youth? Describe it

What do you remember about shopping with your mother? Any particular stores? What was your favorite store?

Tell about the birth of each of your children.

Describe the perfect autumn day. What would you do on the day?

What is the one invention you could not live without and why?

What makes you feel good? (Occasion, food, person, etc.)

Do you have a favorite magazine? Describe it and the kinds of things you learn from it or enjoy about it.

Where did you live as a child? (City, country, suburb?)

What are your food preferences? How did they come about?

What would you like to be remembered for?

Tell about your favorite vacation from your childhood.

Tell about the changes you ve seen in your lifetime: society in general, technology, fashion, fads, morality, politics, etc.

What is your secret for good health?

Describe your wedding day.

What personality trait do you admire most and why?

Who is the first prophet you remember, what do you remember about him?

What is the biggest lesson in life you have found to be true?

Did you have roommates or companions? Tell about them and the things you learned living with others?

What is your greatest joy? Your greatest sorrow?

What church callings have you had? Which did you enjoy the most?

Describe your first home/apartment as a young couple.

Write a want ad that describes your husband/wife.

Describe your first crush. What was he/she like?

Tell about your life as the children left home. New interests, what you did with the extra time, new employment, moves, hobbies, etc.

Do you like to go to the theater? The opera? The symphony? Which do you like best? Which production did you like best and why?

Describe your conversion to the gospel.

Tell about handed down talents: foods, clothespin dolls, willow whistles, pottery, quilting, whittling, meat dryin~, etc.

What were your fears, expectations and anticipations about getting married?

What do you dream about being or doing?

How do you feel about dentists? Why?

Where is the most exciting place you have ever been? What made it exciting?

Did you have a close relationship with any of your grandparents? Tell about it.

Tell about all the places you ve worked.

ONE WORD on how to live successfully.

What does the mail mean to you? Are you a good letter writer? Who do you have you enjoyed corresponding with?

Tell about a fishing or hunting experiences.

What is your personal secret for happiness?

What do you think brings good or bad luck?

What are your most precious and deeply embedded values?

Describe the most serious illness you have had.

Were you responsible for any household chores? What were they? Which did you most enjoy? Least enjoy?

Tell something about each of your children, their personalities, their talents, their traits that make them different and special.

What did you used to do as a child that got you into the most trouble with your parents? How did they handle it?

Tell about your own family traditions: Christmas, birthdays, graduations, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, hunting, funerals, Memorial Day, Mothers  or Fathers  Day, Weddings, etc.

Tell about home cures or old wives tells, for C hiccups, warts, toothaches, colds, earaches, birth control, arthritis, etc.

What kind of extracurricular activities did you participate in while in school?

What is the most trying experience that ever happened to you?

Did you receive your education other than school?

Do you have a special high school or college memory?

What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you? The worst?

Tell about your civic or political activities.

Where do you like to go to eat out? What do you order?

What is your child rearing philosophy?

Tell about each of your children C names, birth dates, birth places, doctors, circumstances surrounding births, characteristics and differences, raising them in your home, problems, joys, sorrows, accomplishments, etc.

Tell about the house(s) you lived in during your childhood. Do you remember the addresses or phone numbers?

If you could be a flower, which one would you choose and why? What lessons did you take as a child that carried over in your adult life? What lessons haven t? (piano, violin, dance, guitar, etc.)

What is the most important lesson, message, or advice you ve learned that you d like to pass on for others to profit by?

How do you feel about doctors? Why?

What is your favorite book. . .What do books mean to you?

Tell about your grandchildren C how many? Names? How do you feel about being a grandparent?

Do you recall any outstanding family trips or summer holidays you experienced as a child?

Did you have a favorite toy as a child? Did it have a name? What memories are connected with it?

What games did you play in your house or neighborhood?

Tell about anniversaries (celebrations, gifts, trips, etc.)

List each of your uncles and aunts and tell one thing about each of them.

Tell about any ancestors you know about, dates, names, etc. for historical purposes, and any stories about them.

What are your favorite colors? Tell why.

What are your favorite foods?

What are your favorite activities?

What are your favorite hobbies?

Are you allergic to anything? (Uke foods, medicines, flowers, trees, animals, etc.)

What was your most embarrassing moment?

What do you remember about the day you received your Patriarchal Blessing?

How did you feel about being advanced in the priesthood?

What is your favorite scripture? Tell what this scripture means to you and how it has helped you or brought blessings into your life.

What was the first piece of furniture you bought?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Meet Chowder, My Waste of Fur and No Good Dog

Chowder is a pure bred American Cocker Spaniel from Malad, Idaho
that became a part of our lives on July 14 of 2007.  She was born June 5, 2007.
Now this dog looks spoiled, does she not, eating celery sticks and cheese?  In actuality, she definitely is not.  She is a what I like to call a snow dog and she loves it.  We keep her outside (allergies on my part), but she has an insulated dog house with three blankets.  Her kennel is bumped up against the shed and has a concrete floor and a roof. Vonny commented one day after feeling the inside of Chowder's house, "She sleeps warmer than I do".  She has survived several winters now (with close monitoring on how she is doing, especially in sub freezing temperatures) and I am pleased to say she is one of the healthiest dogs I have ever seen.  Even on the coldest mornings, she comes bounding out of her house like it was spring.

What good is a dog besides a drain on your bank account with food, grooming, kennel, and medical bills?  I won't even mention the little treats she leaves for us each day hidden in the grass.  She steals gloves, socks, and anything else she can find and she buries them in the garden.  She sits by the door trying to plot her way into the house at all moments.  In spite of it all this lump of fur is has nestled her way into our family's heart and we can't imagine our lives without her.

Cocker Spaniels are very loving dogs.  They have a very easy going temperament.  While other dogs will growl and be possessive of food, bones, or toys, Chowder does not.  While she is fiercely territorial when strangers come around, she will accept them as soon as she sees that we accept them.

Dumb dog thinks she can fly.  Hey dog, those are ears
not wings!
Nothing brings how important a pet is to a family than when a close call happens.  Once Chowder achieved her nefarious design to enter the house (actually, I let her in) and she ate a chewed up piece of xylitol based gum.  Xylitol is deadly poison to dogs and we worried over her for several hours before it became clear that the previously chewed gum had been depleted of its xylitol.  We were a very grateful family that evening and we realized how much we loved that Waste of Fur.  What a no good dog!

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