From our newsletter.I've gathered for you a few conversation starters:
- What are the most important lessons you've learned so far in your life?
- What was the greatest time of joy in your life? The greatest time of sadness?
- Who were your favorite relatives? Do you remember any of the stories they used to tell you?
- What has been your favorite family tradition?
- What personality traits do you admire and how have you tried to develop those traits?
- What was the biggest turning point in your life? Looking back, how would you have dealt with it if you had known what you know now?
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- What are you most proud of? Is there anything you have always wanted to do and haven't?
- How would you describe your sense of humor? What was your all-time favorite practical joke?
- What message would you like to leave your descendants? How would you like to be remembered?
These questions actually work after Thanksgiving too. In fact, did you know that next Friday is actually a National Day of Listening in the US? There is a wonderful National Day of Listening website set up by StoryCorps that can give you further ideas, including a Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide and Question Generator. And there are great stories that people have submitted too. Or try the easy to use software Personal Historian, a full featured software designed to help you capture the wonderful stories in your family's history.