Digital Recording Tools for the Family Historian
Experienced oral historians demonstrate how to prepare for and conduct effective interviews using digital tools. Compare interview methods and goals; whether formal or informal. Determine what’s best for you: audio or video. Explore tech choices including audio recorders, microphones, and video camera features to assure that you capture best-quality recordings. New tools, such as using mobile devices, apps. and VoIP to gather family history will be covered. Examine best practices for preparing and conducting an interview. Learn to preserve interviews including transcription, speech-to-text software and preferred digital formats for distribution and for storage. Weigh options for archiving recorded interviews.
Nancy & Biff Barnes
Biff Barnes is the managing editor of Stories To Tell, a team of editors and book designers who create family history books. Biff earned his MA in History from the University of San Francisco, and was a William Robertson Coe Fellow in American History at Stanford University. His work appears in California Publisher, California History, California Living, and American West. Biff and Nancy Barnes have extensive experience with historical research, oral history, and interviewing techniques. They provide consulting, editing, design, and technical support to family historians as they gather their stories and prepare to publish.