Pioneer Transcription Services is now offering oral history transcription services to people who want to keep the stories of their family members. The business has been typing oral histories for historians, authors and professional companies for nearly two decades. The focus on providing this service directly to individuals who want to keep their families’ stories came about when one of the company’s owners, Deborah Devitt, received a cassette tape her mother and father had recorded many years previously with her grandmother. Unfortunately , the tape had deteriorated over the years and there was never a transcript made. While the company created 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 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 individuals are scheduling 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 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 able to share the transcript with other family members and friends or to use it in any way they deem proper. “Plus, these are our favorite things in the world to transcribe, ” added Ms. Devitt.
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