Pioneer Transcription Services is now offering oral history transcription services to individuals who want to preserve the stories of their family members. The company has been transcribing oral histories for historians, authors and professional businesses for almost two decades. The focus on providing this service directly to individuals who wish to keep their families’ stories came about when one of Pioneer’s principal owners, Debi Devitt, inherited a cassette tape her parents had recorded many years ago with her grandmother. Sadly , the cassette tape had deteriorated over time and there was never a transcript created. While the company made a digital audio file and transcribed the interview before further 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 have become very reasonably priced, which allows more people to record their families’ stories. These digital audio files can be easily shared with other family members and won’t deteriorate over time. Many people are setting up interviews with their relatives, using questions they have found on the internet or that they think up their own.
Pioneer Transcription Services realized there is a growing desire to have typed transcripts of these interviews. “Our service is simple to use 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.