Pioneer Transcription Services is now offering oral history transcription services to individuals who wish to preserve the stories of their family members. The company has been transcribing oral histories for historians, authors and professional companies for nearly 20 years. The emphasis on offering this service directly to individuals who wish to keep their families’ histories came about when one of the company’s principal owners, Debi Devitt, inherited a tape her parents had made many years ago with her grandmother. Sadly , the tape had deteriorated over the years 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 don’t want others to lose the stories that are important to their families,” Ms. Devitt states.
Individuals 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 individuals to record their family members’ 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’ve discovered 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 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 able to share the transcript with other family members and friends or to use it in any way they deem worthy. “Plus, these are our favorite things in the world to transcribe, ” added Ms. Devitt.