Roundup of my posts regarding interviewing family (the “not at Rootstech because I’m sick” edition)

Not at rootstech. So I wrote you this post instead. I’m not at Rootstech because I’m sick (I was registered, tho). Dang. As tweets and posts emerge from it, I figured I’d do a roundup of my “how to interview family (how to + tech + tools)” posts from the last year that will interest people who are attending Rootstech. I’ve written quite a few posts about interviewing family, both procedural, and technical over the last year. Here’s a guide to them:

Interviewing family series

Interviewing Family Series from Genealogy Jamboree I wrote this series ahead of the Southern California Genealogy Society’s Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA (where I spoke on interviewing family, and digital tools) It’s about different ways to come up with good questions to ask your family member when you sit down to interview him or her.

Three Weeks to Jamboree: Interviewing Family
Curiosity. Non-Judgement. The underlying attitude to everything.

Interviewing Family: Why not Why?
Why is asking “WHY?” not a good idea when interviewing family members?

Interviewing Family: What Should I Ask? Major Life Events
When you think about the major events in a person’s life, the questions start asking themselves.

Also: How family communication can go weird
The research of Deborah Tannen (who shares my birthday!) sheds light on ways things go weird within families.

Interviewing using Photo Albums

Photo album cover. The Interviewing Family Using Photo Albums series More on interviewing family: Very practical tips for when you pull out the photo album, grab the recorder and press “record” while looking through them with someone.

Interviewing while looking at photo albums (Part 1)
How you sit down with the photo album may allow you to get more stories. There’s more to look at than just the photos themselves.

Interviewing while looking at photo albums (Part 2)
I made you a movie! You get to see what it’s like to look at an album and listen to an interview, after the fact. Make sure that you ask enough information so that the interview is helpful later on.

Bonus: Did you like the photo album in the movie? Here’s more of Great Aunt Doris’ scrapbook.

How to get a digital audio recording to audio CD series

From Audacity to iTunes When you create a recording on a portable digital recorder, what next? What do you do with it afterwards? This series leads you to bringing it into your computer, making minor edits, and then burning an audio CD. Software required: Audacity, and iTunes. Both freely available for Mac and Windows computers.

From Digital Audio Recording to Audio CD: Part 1 - Audio into Audacity
Getting your audio into Audacity, whether by opening a digital audio recording made elsewhere, or using Audacity to record directly to your computer.

From Digital Audio Recording to Audio CD: Part 2 - Basic Audio Edits
Making minor edits to increase sound level.

From Digital Audio Recording to Audio CD: Part 3 - iTunes and CD burning
Exporting from Audacity, importing to iTunes, burning an audio CD

(yes, part 4 is still “to come.” I know, I know.)

The Portable Recorder I Recommend: Zoom Handy H1

The Zoom Handy H1 now gives you all you need for 99 bucks. Finally—uncompressed digital audio in a portable recorder that’s available for $99: the Zoom Handy H1 (affiliate link). It creates CD-stereo quality (and higher) recordings, uncompressed WAV format. 2010 is the year this became available for a hundred bucks.

Zoom’s latest recorder the Zoom H1 Handy costs $99; it’s now shipping!
Why all the features of this recorder are so exciting. Plus the recording that got away. (Written before I had one of my own)


Unboxing My Zoom Handy H1 Portable Recorder
Fresh outta the box and taking pictures of it. See what comes in the Zoom Handy H1 Portable Recorder Box Plus a few tips and tricks.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on February 11, 2011 in • GenealogyInterviewing
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