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!