Tuesday’s Tip – The Games We Played

This entry was posted by Jim Sanders on Tuesday, 4 December, 2012 at

My family celebrates the Christmas Season by getting together on Christmas day, sharing a meal, playing cards and just spending time together. New Years Day is a time for gathering around the television and watching football. Whatever holiday your family celebrates provides a chance to hear stories about your ancestors.

This is another post in a series to help get you thinking about some questions to ask your older relatives at the holiday gathering. Before the family get together this holiday season do some homework and prepare some questions to ask your older relatives. Check out our new category of blog posts called “Genealogy Interview Questions”.

This week focuses on preparing questions for learning about the games your ancestor played as well as the presents they received. Ask your mom, dad, grandparents or older relatives and friends to learn more about the games your ancestors played and what they did to entertain themselves.

  • What were some presents you remember getting for Christmas or a Birthday?
  • Which present did you enjoy the most? Why?
  • What games did you play when you were little?
  • What kind of card games, if any did you play?
  • What else did you do for entertainment around the house or going out somewhere?
  • What kind of board games if any did you have or play?
  • What movies do you remember going to see?
  • How often did you go to the movies and how much did it cost?
  • Who were some of the neighborhood friends that you played with? What were they like?

Use these questions or prepare some of your own and you’ll be sure to hear some interesting stories. If you have any additional questions on the day’s topic be sure to reply to this post to let other readers know.

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