Historical Inventory of Hamilton County, FL


Questions To Answer

Questions to Answer

Current Information
1. What is your full name?
2. How old are you now?
3. Where do you live?
4. Who do you currently live with and what is their relationship to you?
5. How long have you lived in your current location?

Early Childhood and Family
1. What name is on your birth certificate?
2. Why was your name chosen? Were you named after someone? Who were they?
3. Did you have a nickname as you were growing up? What was it and why did they call you that?
4. Have you had other nicknames as an adult? What were they?
5. What do family members call you now?
6. When and where were you born?
7. Where did you live as a child?
8. Would you describe your family as poor, middle class, upper class, or very wealthy?
9. Who was your biological father?
10. What was your father’s occupation?
11. How would you best describe your father?
12. How many times was your father married? What were the names of his spouses? When and where were they married?
13. If you father has died, when, where and how did he die and where is he buried?
14. Who was your biological mother? What was her maiden name?
15. When and where was your mother born?
16. What was your mother’s occupation?
17. How would you best describe your mother?
18. How many times was your mother married? What were the names of her spouses? When and where were they married?
19. If your mother has died, when, where and how did she die and where is she buried?
20. Were you raised by your biological parents or adopted? Or did someone else raise you?
21. If you were adopted, what were the names of your parents?
22. Did either of your parents die? If so, how old were you and how did it affect you?
23. Were your parents divorced? If so, how old were you and how did it affect you?
24. Do you have a stepparent? If so, what are their names?
25. Name your brothers and sisters and when they were born.
26. If any of your brothers or sisters has died, when, where and how did they die and where are they buried?
27. Name any stepbrothers or stepsister and when they were born.
28. How many cousins do you have on your father’s side of the family? Did you have a close relationship with them as a child?
29. How many cousins do you have on your mother’s side of the family? Did you have a close relationship with them as a child?
30. Was there a chore you really hated doing as a child?
31. How did your parents discipline you?
32. Do you ever remember not having enough food to eat because times were hard for your family?
33. What were your favorite toys as a child and what were they like?
34. What were your favorite childhood games?
35. If you had a television when you were young, what were some of your favorite programs?
36. What type of neighborhood did you grow up in? Describe it.
37. Were there other children in the neighborhood you grew up in? What did you like to do when you got together?
38. Did your parents read to you when you were small?
39. Did your parents encourage you to have friends over to visit?
40. If both of your parents worked, who took care of you while they were gone?
41. Do you remember having a favorite nursery rhyme or bedtime story? What was it?
42. What types of books did you like to read as a child?
43. What were the most important things that you learned from your father?
44. What were the most important things that you learned from your mother?
45. When did you first move away from your parents? Where did you live?

Family History and Traditions
1. Who were your father’s parents?
2. Where did your father’s parents live? How far away from your home was this?
3. Did you spend much time with your father’s parents? What did you like to do when you visited them?
4. How would you best describe your father’s mother?
5. How would you best describe your father’s father?
6. What are the names of your father’s brothers and sisters?
7. What countries did your father’s ancestors come from originally?
8. Where, when and how did your father’s ancestors first arrive in the United States?
9. Who were the last of your father’s ancestors to arrive in the United States? Where, when and how did they arrive?
10. Does your father’s family have any heirlooms or property that have been passed down from generation to generation? What are they and where are they now?
11. What stories have been passed down in your family about why your father’s ancestors immigrated to the United States?
12. Did your father, his parents or grandparents speak a foreign language?
13. Who were your mother’s parents?
14. Where did your mother’s parents live? How far away from your home was this?
15. Did you spend much time with your mother’s parents? What did you like to do when you visited them?
16. How would you best describe your mother’s mother?
17. How would you best describe your mother’s father?
18. What are the names of your mother’s brothers and sisters?
19. What countries did your mother’s ancestors come from originally?
20. Where, when and how did your mother’s ancestors first arrive in the United States?
21. Who were the last of your mother’s ancestors to arrive in the United States? Where, when and how did they arrive?
22. Does your mother’s family have any heirlooms or property that have been passed down from generation to generation? What are they and where are they now?
23. What stories have been passed down in your family about why your mother’s ancestors immigrated to the United States?
24. Did your mother, her parents or grandparents speak a foreign language?
25. Do you remember hearing your grandparents describe their lives? What did they say?
26. What do you remember about your great-grandparents?
27. What have you been told about your great-grandparents?
28. Who was the oldest person you can remember in your family as a child? What do you remember about them?
29. Do you have any “black sheep” in your family? What did they do that made them different?
30. Are there any stories that have been passed down in your family about famous or infamous ancestors? What are they?
31. How does your family celebrate Christmas or Hanukah? Describe your family traditions when it comes to food and gifts.
32. Are your holiday traditions different than your grandparents? If they are different, describe.
33. How does your family typically celebrate Easter dinner?
34. How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?
35. What does your family typically serve for Thanksgiving dinner?
36. What are your favorite recipes that have been passed down in your family?
37. How often does your father’s family have family reunions?
38. How often does your mother’s family have family reunions?

School Years and Education
1. What schools have you attended and where were they located?
2. Did you attend public or private schools?
3. How many years of education have you completed?
4. Do you have any college degrees or certifications? If so, from which college and what was your field of study?
5. Do you hold any post-graduate degrees? If so, what are they and when did you receive them?
6. What was the name of your elementary school and where was it located?
7. What was your elementary school like? Describe it.
8. How did you get to your elementary school? How far away was it?
9. Who were your best friends in elementary school?
10. What did you like to do during recess?
11. What was the name of your junior high or middle school and where was it located?
12. What was your junior high or middle school like? Describe it.
13. How did you get to your junior high or middle school? How far away was it?
14. Who were your best friends in junior high or middle school?
15. What was the name of your high school and where was it located?
16. What was your high school like? Describe it.
17. How did you get to your high school? How far away was it?
18. Who were your best friends in high school?
19. What year did you graduate from high school?
20. How many students were in your high school graduating class?
21. What social group did you belong to in high school (jocks, nerds, loners, etc.)?
22. How old were you when you started dating?
23. Do you remember your first date? Describe the circumstances.
24. Who was your first serious boyfriend or girlfriend? How old were you both?
25. Did you have a steady boyfriend or girlfriend in high school? What was their name? How long did your relationship last?
26. What was your favorite subject in school and why?
27. What was your least favorite subject in school and why?
28. What subject in school was always the easiest for you?
29. Did you compete on any athletic teams? Name them.
30. What is the farthest away from home you ever traveled to compete with your team?
31. Did any athletic team you were on win a championship? Describe.
32. What foreign languages have you learned?
33. Who was your favorite teacher and why were they special?
34. How would your fellow classmates from school remember you?
35. Did you hold any offices in student government? If so, what were they?
36. What school activities and sports did you participate in?
37. Did you and your friends have a special hangout where you liked to spend time? Where was it and what did you do there?
38. Did you get good grades in school?
39. What did you like most about school?
40. What did you like least about school?
41. What did you usually wear to school? Describe it.
42. Were there any fads during your youth that you remember vividly? What were they?

Military Service
1. Did you serve in the military? If so, which branch?
2. When and where did you serve and what were your duties?
3. When were you discharged from military service?
4. If you were injured in the line of duty, what were the circumstances and what were your injuries?

Career
1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
2. What was your first job?
3. What types of jobs have you had?
4. How did you decide on your career?
5. How many times have you changed your career?
6. Did you own your own business or work for someone else?
7. Have you made enough money to live comfortably?
8. How many hours did you usually work each week?

Marriage and Children
1. How did you meet the person that you would later marry? Describe them.
2. Do you remember where you went on the first date with your spouse?
3. How long did you know them before you got married?
4. Describe your wedding proposal.
5. When and where did you get married?
6. Who performed the wedding ceremony?
7. Describe your wedding ceremony. Who was there?
8. Who was in your wedding party?
9. Did you have a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?
10. How would you describe your spouse?
11. What do (did) you admire most about your spouse?
12. How long have been married (or were you married)?
13. Did you have a happy marriage?
14. If you spouse died, how and when did they die and where are they buried?
15. If you have been married more than once, what were the names of your other spouses? When and where did you marry them?
16. What wise advice would you give to your children or grandchildren on their wedding day?
17. How did you find out that you were going to be a parent for the first time?
18. How many children did you have?
19. What were your children’s names, birth dates and birthplaces?
20. If any of your children died, how and when did they die and where are they buried?
21. Do you remember anything that your children did when they were small that really amazed you?
22. What is one of the most unusual things that one of your children did regularly when they were small?
23. What was the funniest thing you can remember that one of your children said or did?
24. If you had it to do all over again, would you change the way you raised your family? How?
25. What did you find most difficult about raising children?
26. What did you find most rewarding about being a parent?
27. Did you spoil any of your children? How?
28. Were you a strict or lenient parent?
29. Did you find that you had to treat each of your children differently? If so, why?
30. How did you first hear that you were going to be a grandparent and how did you feel about it?
31. How many grandchildren do you have? What are their names and birth dates?
32. How many great grandchildren do you have? What are their names and birth dates?

Residences
1. Where did you live as a child? List the places and the years that you lived there.
2. Where have you lived as an adult? List the places and the years that you lived there.
3. Why are you living where you are today?
4. Do you wish you lived somewhere else? If so, where would it be?

Friends and Neighbors
1. Name a good friend tat you have known for the longest period of time? How many years have you been friends?
2. Has there ever been anyone in your life that you would consider to be our kindred spirit or soul mate? If so, who where they and why did you feel a special bond to them?
3. Do you make friends easily?

Pets
1. Which do you like best… dogs or cats?
2. What pets have you had? Can you name them?
3. Do you currently have any pets? Describe them.
4. Do you have a favorite story about a pet you have had? What is is?

Religious Beliefs
1. What churches, if any, have you attended regularly?
2. How many times a week did you attend church services when you were a child?
3. How many times a week do you attend church services now?
4. What religion was your father’s family?
5. What religion was your mother’s family?
6. Describe your religious beliefs.
7. Do you believe in an after life? What attitudes did your parents have about death?

Community Involvement and Organizations
1. What organizations and groups did you belong to as a child?
2. What organizations and groups have you belonged to as an adult?
3. Have you ever served in a public office?
4. Have you ever served on a jury? What were the details?
5. What have you volunteered to do on a regular basis?
6. Were either of your parents actively involved in the community?

Political Beliefs
1. As a child, do you remember your family discussing world events and politics?
2. Describe yourself politically. Are you a Conservative or Liberal and why?
3. What U.S. President have you admired the most and why?
4. What world leader have you admired the most and why?
5. As you see it, what are the biggest problems that face our nation and how do you think they could be solved?

Historical Events
1. What wars have been fought during your lifetime? How did you feel about them?
2. Name some of the major historical events that have happened during your lifetime. How did they affect you?
3. Have you experienced any natural disasters? If so, describe them and how they affected you.

Vacations and Travel
1. How did you usually spend your summer vacation when you were in school?
2. What is the most beautiful place you have ever visited and what was it like?
3. What is the longest trip that you have ever gone on? Where did you go?
4. What foreign countries have you visited and when? Why?
5. Name some famous places that you have visited?
6. What has been your favorite vacation? Where did you go and why was it special?
7. What was the favorite place you ever visited and what was it like?

Award and Achievements
1. As a student, were you ever given any special awards for your studies?
2. As a student, were you ever given any special awards for your school activities?
3. What athletic awards have you received?
4. Have you ever won any special awards or prizes as an adult? What were they for?
5. What was the most valuable prize you have ever won?
6. Have you ever won the lottery?

Hobbies and Leisure Activities
1. What musical instruments have you learned to play?
2. Have you ever sung in front of a crowd? Describe the circumstances.
3. Would you consider yourself to be creative?
4. What things have you made that others have enjoyed?
5. What activities have you especially enjoyed as an adult?
6. What are your hobbies?
7. What did you like to do when you are not working?
8. What types of books have you liked to read most as an adult?
9. Do you like to go to concerts? Name some groups that you have seen in person.

Health and Medical
1. How tall are you?
2. Would you describe your build as small, medium, large or extra large?
3. What color was your hair as a young child?
4. What color was your hair as an adult?
5. What color are your eyes?
6. What size shoes do you wear?
7. Describe your general health.
8. Do you have any problems with your hearing or eyesight?
9. What major illness or health problems do you remember having or have now?
10. If you’re a female, how old were you when you started your menstrual cycle? How old were you when you went through menopause?
11. Have you or any of your family been treated for severe mental illness?
12. Do you have any health problems that are considered hereditary in nature? If so, what are they?
13. Do you look more like your mother’s or father’s side of the family?
14. What physical characteristics have you inherited from your parents?
15. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?
16. What do you do regularly for exercise?
17. Do you have any bad habits now or in the past? What were they?
18. Have you ever been the victim of a crime? What happened?
19. Have you ever been in a serious accident? Describe.
20. Has anyone ever saved your life? Describe.
21. Have you ever saved anyone else’s life? Describe.
22. Have you ever been hospitalized? If so, what for?
23. Have you ever had surgery? If so, what for?
24. If you could change something about yourself, what would it be and why?
25. What do you frequently dream about?

Retirement Years
1. If you haven’t retired yet, how do you plan to spend your retirement years?
2. How old were you when you retired?
3. How have you spent your retirement years?

Favorite Stories
1. What are some of the stories that you have told repeatedly over the years?
a. Favorite Story #1
b. Favorite Story #2
c. Favorite Story #3
d. Favorite Story #4
e. Favorite Story #5
2. What would you consider to be the most important inventions that have been made during your lifetime?
3. How is the world different from what it was like when you were a child?
4. What advice do you have for your children and grandchildren?
5. What were the hardest choices that you have ever had to make? Do you feel like you made the right choices?
6. Who was the person that had the most positive influence on your life? Who were they and what did they do?
7. Was there a person that really changed the course of your life by something that they did? Who were they and what did they do?
8. Do you remember someone saying something to you that had a big impact on how you lived your life? What was it?
9. What has been the saddest event in your life?
10. What has been the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
11. What has been the most amazing thing that has ever happened to you?
12. What has been the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
13. What has been the most stressful experience that you ever lived through and what helped you get through it?
14. Have you ever met any famous people? Describe what happened.
15. What is the funniest practical joke you ever played on anyone?
16. Describe a time and place when you remember feeling truly at peace and happy to be alive. Where were you and what were you doing?
17. Is there anything you have always wanted to do, but haven’t? What is it?

Favorites
1. What is your favorite animal?
2. What is your favorite automobile?
3. What is your favorite board game?
4. What is your favorite book?
5. What is your favorite candy?
6. What is your favorite card game?
7. What is your favorite color?
8. What is your favorite cookie?
9. What is your favorite drink?
10. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
11. What is your favorite flower?
12. What is your favorite fruit?
13. What is your favorite holiday?
14. What is your favorite meal?
15. What is your favorite movie?
16. What is your favorite musical instrument?
17. What is your favorite painting?
18. What is your favorite poem?
19. What is your favorite restaurant?
20. What is your favorite season?
21. What is your favorite song?
22. What is your favorite sport?
23. What is your favorite style of music?
24. What is your favorite tree?
25. What is your favorite tv program?
26. What is your favorite vegetable?
27. What is your favorite artist?
28. What is your favorite athlete?
29. What is your favorite author?
30. What is your favorite movie star?
31. What is your favorite musical group?
32. What is your favorite poet?
33. What is your favorite singer?
34. What is your favorite sports team?
35. What is your favorite historical figure?

Labels
If you had to pick a label for your family members (your spouse, children, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins) who best fits the following descriptions? Please note the relationship of the person to you.
1. The animal lover
2. The best career
3. The best cook
4. The best gardener
5. The best housekeeper
6. The best memory
7. The best looking
8. The biggest tease
9. The funniest
10. The hardest worker
11. The most athletic
12. The most colorful
13. The most creative
14. The most educated
15. The most frugal
16. The most generous
17. The most intelligent
18. The most mischievous
19. The most politically-active
20. The most reclusive
21. The most relaxed
22. The most sociable
23. The quietest
24. The shortest
25. The tallest
26. The wildest lifestyle

Are there any other facts or stories that you would like to tell about your life or that of your family?

Do you have any information on any of the houses located in Hamilton County?


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