Help me best record family history.
February 3, 2012 5:50 PM Subscribe
I'm embarking on a new stage in a family history project, in which I'll be interviewing my grandmother and great aunt for their knowledge and stories about our relatives. What is the best technology by which to do so - that is, how should I best record and preserve these conversations?
posted by AthenaPolias to Technology (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My mother did a similar project when she was in college, speaking to her grandmother with the help of a tape recorder. Much to our dismay, those tapes were never transcribed and they've since disappeared - my great-grandmother and her generation have been gone now for decades, so that information is irretrievable. I don't want the same to happen with the similar interviews I'm planning to carry out with my grandmother (on one side) and great aunt (on the other side) - obviously having copies and a transcript will be a step on this. But I'm entirely in the dark about where to start with how to physically record these conversations.
One problem: my computer's internal mic has been dead for more than a year now, so anything done via my computer is either not going to happen or will require me to purchase equipment. If I need to, obviously I will do so, but I want to be clear that if I need to buy equipment it can be anything (within reason, for cost issues), and I am neither working with an audio-equipped computer nor restricted to that function.
Any and all thoughts very warmly welcomed!