It’s often difficult for us to imagine our grandparents’ lives before we, or even our parents, were born. What were they like as kids? What did they like studying in school, when did they first fall in love, how did they spend their free time?
68% of the people we recently surveyed admitted they don’t know how their grandparents met, and over a third (36%) don’t know what their grandparents’ occupations were.
From the survey we also learned:
- 56% don’t know the name of any great-grandparents
- 42% don’t know what their grandparents looked like when they were younger
- 38% can’t name the city any grandparent was born
- 35% can’t recall their grandmothers’ maiden names
While records are a great way to discover key information about family members, without all of the pieces of the puzzle, it can be challenging to uncover your family’s past. What’s more is that most people feel that firsthand accounts from their grandparents are truly meaningful.
This Sunday, September 11th, is National Grandparents Day and we urge you to take this opportunity to learn more about the people we wouldn’t be here without. Join us and take the #MyGRANcestry Challenge!
Spend some time with your grandparent and ask them about their life. Where they were born. Where they lived. What schools they went to. What their favorite class what in school. What their first job was. Get them to share the details of their wedding day. And more. Visit our interview tips with a handy list of questions and interview prompts to get them talking about their early days.
Then, if you are lucky enough to be doing this in person with them, take a “grandparent selfie” and share on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #MyGRANcestry so we can see your pics and hear your stories about them!
And here are three more ideas for Honoring Your Grandparents this Grandparents Day. Let’s show them how much they mean to us.