What year were you born? On what date? What day of the week was it? Did your parents tell you anything about the day you were born?
Why were you given the first (and middle) name(s) that you have?
What’s your first, most vivid memory?
Tell me about your parents. Where were they born? When were they born? What memories do you have of them?
Who was more strict: your mother or your father? Do you have a vivid memory of something you did that you were disciplined for?
Did your parents have a good marriage?
How did your family earn money? How did your family compare to others in the neighborhood – richer, poorer, the same?
How many brothers and sisters do you have? When were they born? What memories do you have of each of them from when you were growing up?
Did you have grandparents? Where were they born? When were they born? What do you remember about them? When did they die?
What were you like as a child? What did you like to eat? What did you do for fun? What were your favorite toys or games? Did you ever have a secret place or a favorite hiding spot?
Did you get an allowance? How much? Did you spend it right away, or save it? What did you buy?
What responsibilities did you have at home when you were young?
What kind of school did you go to? Were you a good student? What was your favorite subject? Least favorite? Who were your friends? Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Did you have any heroes or role models when you were a child?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What big world events do you remember from the time you were growing up?
What inventions do you most remember?
What’s different about growing up today from when you were growing up?
What were you like as a child?
Did you have any childhood diseases?