Recording Family History

For some time now, I’ve given though to recording my family members talking about their memories. However, I’d not taken the time to look into how I could record phone calls. For me, phone calls are going to be the best chance I have of making it happen.  Last week, one of my geneabuddies, Brenda, posted on Facebook about tapes she rediscovered of her mom telling stories and I thought it was about time I actually do something to start my own recordings.

So, I did and found that I can record incoming cell phone calls using my Google Voice account. Sweet! Not only that, I can start and stop the recording as I wish and the file can be downloaded as an mp3 file.  With this information in-hand, I called my mother and asked her to let me record her telling a story. Just yesterday, she found out something about her mother that she hadn’t realized via a Facebook friend who grew up in the same housing community as my mother. I also recorded mommy talking briefly about where she grew up in NY. I slightly edited the mp3 files and then used Windows Movie Maker to add her voice as a track to a video slideshow of pictures to compliment the information.

Yes, it’s a rough 1st attempt, but I just think this is the coolest thing ever! I am going to definitely have to do more of these!

Comments (4)

  1. Deborah Fries

    This is indeed cool technology, Taneya! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Taneya Koonce (Post author)

    Thanks Deborah! It was fun to do 🙂

  3. Spartan Roots

    Taneya — this is way cool! And I’m a Brooklyn girl – born in Williamsburg and still have family in Sheepshead Bay!

  4. Taneya Koonce (Post author)

    Awesome Carol! From that conversation, and working on this movie clip, I feel I have a better grasp for where things are in Brooklyn. 🙂

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