If you want to start (or are in the middle of) gathering family stories and family history, it helps to talk to older relatives. In case you don't already have questions in mind, I compiled a short (and by no means comprehensive) list that you can modify to suit your needs. It's good to already have a list of questions prepared before you speak with your grandparents, aunts & uncles, great-grandparents, etc.
1. What is you earliest memory?
2. How many siblings do you have?
3. Can you tell me about your mother?
4. Can you tell me about your father?
5. What was your schooling like?
6. What pet/s did you have growing up?
7. What is your favorite color?
8. What's the farthest away from home you've ever traveled?
9. How did you meet grandpa/ma?
10. Do you keep a journal?
11. What was your favorite present you've received?
12. What was your favorite present that you've given?
13. How do you keep in touch with friends from your younger days?
14. What's the bravest thing you ever did?
15. What do you feel most proud of in your life?
16. What do you feel least proud of in your life?
17. What is your favorite food?
18. What was going to church like when you were younger?
19. What is the most important lesson you've learned?
20. What's on your bucket list?
21. What was dating like when you were younger?
22. What is your favorite book?
23. Can you tell me a funny story about my mother/father growing up?
24. How did you use your talents?
25. How can I help you?
I'd be thrilled if you would share a question you would like to ask one of your ancestors, so the list will keep growing! Thanks and have a great weekend!