If you’re writing your family history, you hear it in voice, so why not write it in voice

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At our core, we are storytellers.

As kids, we thirst for stories and progress to be storytellers ourselves.

I come from a large family – one of 8 kids and over 50 first-cousins. As I’ve gotten a little older and seen parents, aunts and uncles passed away, it has become apparent that our family’s stories risk being lost to many in this generation, let alone future generations.

This is also at the time, more so than any other time in history, where the capture and distribution of content have never been easier and the tools have never been more accessible to the masses.

This has fueled my labor of joy which I wanted to share, not so much the stories, but the ease with which it can be achieved in the hope that others might take up the responsibility of capturing and distributing their family stories.

My set up is simple yet effective and includes:

  1. PC
  2. USB microphone
  3. Hindenburg software for recording the conversation – Skype on my end (could be Zoom) and either a traditional landline or mobile at the other end
  4. Skype (could be Zoom) subscription that allows me to call landlines and mobiles
  5. I created a series of talking points and captured them in a mind map
    • I didn’t over engineer this part of it that did make sure I had a sprinkling of key dates such as:
      • Birthdays
      • Anniversaries
      • Major world events across the person’s lifetime

In my situation, I was remote from each of the relatives that I was interviewing. Because of that, I needed to accommodate for the capture of the conversations being held on phone calls.

If I was in the same location, I could have gotten by (given the right room conditions) with my iPhone microphone recording the conversations. I would have then imported the audio files into an application such as Audacity (which is free) on my PC.

When it comes to publishing, I will upload the file as an MP3 into our private family group on Facebook.

If you are inclined to give it a go, my recommendation is to just jump in – it’s only family!

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