Researchers from non-profit life story organisation Augr surveyed 2000 people in a bid to find out how much the nation knows about their families’ past.
The study found that just one in every ten know how their grandparents met, with 61 per cent admitting they don’t know how their parents met either.
Despite this, 66 per cent said they would be interested to find out more about their family’s history.
In light in of findings, the boffins at Augr are launching a campaign to encourage people to share their stories, before it’s too late.
Justin Hopkins, co-founder, said: “For as long as history, ordinary people’s life stories have remained untold and unremembered. Only the lives of the rich and famous (and royalty of course) are officially documented.
“It’s clear from the results of our study that this remains the case. Only a handful of people are able to confidently recall information about their immediate relatives, never mind their ancestors of old. It’s very sad.
“We want to change that. Our mission is to give everyone the opportunity to record and share the story of their life with friends, family and the wider world. We hope the launch of Augr will enable more people to document their stories for future generations to look back on with fondness and pride.”