Pioneer Transcription Services is now offering oral history transcription services to people who want to conserve the stories of their family members. The business has been transcribing oral histories for historians, authors and professional businesses for nearly two decades. The focus on providing this service directly to people who want to keep their families’ histories came about when one of Pioneer’s principal owners, Debi Devitt, received a cassette tape her parents had made many years previously with her grandmother. Unfortunately , the tape had deteriorated over time and there was never a transcript made. While the company made a digital audio file and transcribed the interview before more deterioration could occur, “I do not want others to lose the stories that are important to their families,” Ms. Devitt states.
People are conducting interviews with all kinds of different relatives from grandparents, to great aunts and uncles, to cousins, to brothers and sisters, et cetera.
Digital recorders are now very reasonably priced, which allows more people to record their family members’ stories. These electronic audio files can be easily shared with other family members and will not deteriorate over time. Many people are scheduling interviews with their relatives, using questions they’ve found on the internet or that they come up with on their own.
Pioneer Transcription Services realized there is a growing desire to have typed transcripts of these interviews. “Our service is easy to utilize and accessible to everyone,” states Ms. Devitt. “A direct link for upload is right on our website.” Once uploaded clients just wait for their transcript to be returned to them. They are then free to share the transcript with other family members and friends or to use it in any way they deem appropriate. “Plus, these are our favorite things in the world to transcribe, ” added Ms. Devitt.