Introduction to “No Stone Unturned” 1000-plus Questions Series

Over 20 years, I have had the opportunity to conduct hundreds of interviews that included family, friends and others in preparation to write personal/ family histories and individual stories.   I like to approach histories from the point of view of topics/events in the life’s of those whom I am writing about.  I have pondered, brainstormed, researched, developed and organized the questions into topics that have formed the outline for interviews and writing histories/stories.   I have referred to these category topics as “No Stone Unturned” questions meaning that I wanted to make sure that I looked at each topic from as many angles as possible.  There are 89 categories and 1,000-plus questions.  You don’t have to ask every question, but you can determine whether you want to address the question in an interview or the history/story you are writing.

Search suggestions:  “No Stone Unturned” questions are organized by topic. Once you find the category that you are seeking do one of the following:
1) Scroll and page to category
2) Copy and place the category title or portion of the title in the blog search field, click search and you will be directed to slideshow.

A list of the topics are as follows:

  1. No Stone Unturned #1: Questions about Ancestry
  2. No Stone Unturned #2: Questions about Birth & Adoption of Children
  3. No Stone Unturned #3: Questions about Death of Person You are Writing About
  4. No Stone Unturned #4: Questions about Demonstrations and Protests
  5. No Stone Unturned #5: Questions about Discrimination and Issues of Race
  6. No Stone Unturned #6: Questions about Divorce
  7. No Stone Unturned #7: Questions about Driving
  8. No Stone Unturned #8: Questions about a Driving Accident
  9. No Stone Unturned #9: Questions about a Driving Ticket
  10. No Stone Unturned #10: Questions about a Driving Under the Influence
  11. No Stone Unturned #11: Questions about Education—Preschool
  12. No Stone Unturned #12: Questions about Education—Kindergarten
  13. No Stone Unturned #13: Questions about Education—Elementary School
  14. No Stone Unturned #14: Questions about Education—Jr. High School
  15. No Stone Unturned #15: Questions about Education—High School
  16. No Stone Unturned #16: Questions about Education—High School Reunion
  17. No Stone Unturned #17: Questions about Education—Trade School
  18. No Stone Unturned #18: Questions about Education—College/University
  19. No Stone Unturned #19: Questions about Education—Advance Degree
  20. No Stone Unturned #20: Questions about Education—Later in Life
  21. No Stone Unturned #21: Questions about Entertainment and Culture— Youth
  22. No Stone Unturned #22: Questions about Entertainment and Culture— Adult
  23. No Stone Unturned #23: Questions about Entertainment and Culture— Sr. Adult
  24. No Stone Unturned #24: Questions about Family Relationships—Single Child
  25. No Stone Unturned #25: Questions about Family Relationships—Family
  26. No Stone Unturned #26: Questions about Family Relationships—Step Brothers and Sisters
  27. No Stone Unturned #27: Questions about Family Relationships—Half Brothers and Sisters
  28. No Stone Unturned #28: Questions about Family Relationships—Adopted
  29. No Stone Unturned #29: Questions about Family Relationships—Living with Family
  30. No Stone Unturned #30: Questions about Family Relationships—Divorced Parents
  31. No Stone Unturned #31: Questions about Family Relationships—Grandparents
  32. No Stone Unturned #32: Questions about Family Traditions—Childhood
  33. No Stone Unturned #33: Questions about Family Traditions—Teenager
  34. No Stone Unturned #34: Questions about Family Traditions—Adult
  35. No Stone Unturned #35: Questions about Family Traditions—Sr. Adult
  36. No Stone Unturned #36: Questions about Friendships—Childhood
  37. No Stone Unturned #37: Questions about Friendships—Teenager
  38. No Stone Unturned #38: Questions about Friendships—Young Adult
  39. No Stone Unturned #39: Questions about Friendships—Adult
  40. No Stone Unturned #40: Questions about Friendships—Sr. Adult
  41. No Stone Unturned #41: Questions about Foreign Events
  42. No Stone Unturned #42: Questions about Hometown
  43. No Stone Unturned #43: Questions about Immigration
  44. No Stone Unturned #44: Questions about Legal Matters—Youth
  45. No Stone Unturned #45: Questions about Legal Matters—Adult
  46. No Stone Unturned #46: Questions for Looking Over a Lifetime
  47. No Stone Unturned #47: Questions about Natural Disasters
  48. No Stone Unturned #48: Questions about Marriage—Married
  49. No Stone Unturned #49: Questions about Marriage—Not Married
  50. No Stone Unturned #50: Questions about Medical History
  51. No Stone Unturned #51: Questions Moving—Childhood
  52. No Stone Unturned #52: Questions Moving—Teenager
  53. No Stone Unturned #53: Questions Moving—Young Adult
  54. No Stone Unturned #54: Questions Moving—Adult
  55. No Stone Unturned #55: Questions Moving—Sr. Adult
  56. No Stone Unturned #56: Questions about Occupation—Child
  57. No Stone Unturned #57: Questions about Occupation—Teenager
  58. No Stone Unturned #58: Questions about Occupation—Adult
  59. No Stone Unturned #59: Questions about Occupation—Stay at Home Parent
  60. No Stone Unturned #60: Questions about Occupation—Working Parent
  61. No Stone Unturned #61: Questions about Occupation—Own Business
  62. No Stone Unturned #62: Questions about Occupation—Retired
  63. No Stone Unturned #63: Questions about Occupation—Did Not Retire
  64. No Stone Unturned #64: Questions about Occupation—Changed Jobs as Adult
  65. No Stone Unturned #65: Questions about Personal Finances—Child
  66. No Stone Unturned #66: Questions about Personal Finances—Young Adult
  67. No Stone Unturned #67: Questions about Personal Finances—Adult
  68. No Stone Unturned #68: Questions about Personal Finances—Sr. Adult
  69. No Stone Unturned #69: Questions about Pets
  70. No Stone Unturned #70: Questions about Physical Characteristics—Teenager
  71. No Stone Unturned #71: Questions about Physical Characteristics—Adult
  72. No Stone Unturned #72: Questions about Physical Characteristics—Sr. Adult
  73. No Stone Unturned #73: Questions about Personality and Values
  74. No Stone Unturned #74: Questions about Raising a Family—Had Children
  75. No Stone Unturned #75: Questions about Raising a Family—Did Not Have Children
  76. No Stone Unturned #76: Questions about Recreation
  77. No Stone Unturned #77: Questions about Dating and Relationships
  78. No Stone Unturned #78: Questions about Religion
  79. No Stone Unturned #79: Questions about Settling the Great Plains—Native American
  80. No Stone Unturned #80: Questions about Settling the Great Plains—Settler
  81. No Stone Unturned #81: Questions about Additional Marriages
  82. No Stone Unturned #82: Questions about the Great Depression
  83. No Stone Unturned #83: Questions about the New Deal
  84. No Stone Unturned #84: Questions about U.S. Expansion and Exploration
  85. No Stone Unturned #85: Questions about WW I—Joined Military
  86. No Stone Unturned #86: Questions about WW I—Stayed Home
  87. No Stone Unturned #87: Questions about War Year (WW II)—Joined Military
  88. No Stone Unturned #88: Questions about War Years (WW II)—Stayed Home
  89. No Stone Unturned #89: Questions about War Year (e.g., Korean War, Vietnam)—Joined Military
  90. No Stone Unturned #90: Questions about War Year (e.g., Korean War, Vietnam)—Stayed Home
  91. No Stone Unturned #91: Questions about War Years—Joined Military
  92. No Stone Unturned #92: Questions about War Years—Stayed Home