How to Convert Cassette Tapes to Digital Files

As part of my Digitize the Family History This Month project, I've pulled out old audio cassette tapes with oral histories or other recordings of living and deceased family members.   At the end of this How To, I'm including some types of cassette recordings I've found to help spark your curiosity about what your family may have recorded.     How to Convert Cassette Tapes to Digital Files   There are several ways to convert old audio cassette tapes to digital files and I'll describe four methods. I've used three of these methods: one very low tech and two with better sound resolution and quality.   Here's an image of my final method of choice but your needs may be different than mine so I'll share a few different ideas.   Perhaps the Simplest Audio Method  (I haven't tried this) Purchase a Cassette to MP3 Converter from Amazon or another store. For about $25 you could save yourself a lot of recording hassle. This device will plu…
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Some Fall Projects

I'm going to be radio-silent for the next few weeks because I have several pressing Fall projects outside of work and family obligations. These are probably in reverse order of importance, but here goes.  

First, the grapes are overdue to be picked and juiced. I've processed 50 quarts and have at least that many more to pick and juice. The rest of the garden, mercifully, has been harvested.

Second, my brain finally reached input-overload and I can no longer juggle and remember all my accounts and passwords, my family members' accounts and passwords, and generally feel like I'm on top of things. I'm geeking-out and making a Home Operations Manual with Phone numbers, Bills & Accounts, the Family Budget, a Home Inventory, a Food Inventory, a Family History Inventory, and a section for Operations Manuals for every task necessary to run this home. 

Third, my family is co…

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How to Record Family Stories

On a Genealogy and Family History to-do list, recording family stories is among the most urgent of tasks. It's vital to protect perishable items and memories usually top that list.   The Best Way to Record Family Stories The best way to record family stories is to video/film the storyteller. Video preserves three things: the story the storyteller's voice the storyteller's image & personality   From video files you can: take a still photo extract the audio file if you want a separate audio version only transcribe the story for a written version save the storyteller's image and personality

I used to record oral histories on cassette tapes (in the 80s and 90s) and then used a transcribing machine to type them up. It makes me sad to think how much was lost by only having the audio and in some cases, only the transcribed story.

A popular free app, FamilySearch Memori…

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