Keeping a Family History. Questions to Answer about the Pandemic

Whether you like it or not, you are living through a time that others will be interested in in the future. You may want to record a history of your experience for your family or for your local historical society. You may want to record the answers of those in your household. If you write these on paper, don’t forget to make digital copies.

Here are some questions you may want to include along with your photos.

  1. What is your name? Where do you live? Who is in your household? What are your ages?
  2. Did you lose anyone to the pandemic? Did you become ill? What was that experience like?
  3. What is your occupation? How did your occupation change or did it stay the same? Did you struggle financially? Did you volunteer or donate your resources or skills?
  4. Do you have children? If so, did you become responsible for any part of their education you otherwise were not responsible
    for? How did you keep them entertained?
  5. Were there any restrictions related to the pandemic where you live? How did you feel about the restriction? Were they too much? Were they not enough?
  6. Did you celebrate any birthdays or holidays? Did you create new traditions?
  7. Did you experience any shortages? If so, how did you adapt?
  8. Did you experience any unexpected joys?
  9. There was a major election. How did you vote? Why?
  10. Did you maintain your friendships and your connections to your communities? How did you have to adapt and what was that like?
  11. What motivated you? Favorite songs? Quotes? Meals you made? Hobbies you took up? Accomplishments?
  12. Were there things that could have gone better? What would you suggest for anyone having to go through this in the future?

Are there any questions you would add to this list? If so, let us know in the comments.

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