Genealogy: Audio recordings

Genealogy: Audio recordingsBy Barry J. Ewell

Audio recording began in 1877 with tin foil on a cylinder, which was commercialized with the introduction of the wax cylinder recorder by Thomas Edison. Since that time audio recording devices have gone through a series of technological advances. It is possible to digitally reformat any of these commonly encountered recording media which are summarized below. Audio quality will vary based on the type of device, quality of the original recording, and the software employed.  Modern computer-based audio editing software has made it possible to “clean up” the audio in most cases within the limits mentioned above. Continue reading

75+ Introduction to Audacity Tutorials (Audio Recording and Editing)

75+ Introduction to Audacity Tutorials (Audio Recording and Editing)The Audacity for the Genealogist series is provided as a sampling the resources you will find on  The series will provide you direction, tips and tricks on how to use Audacity for audio recording and editing.

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A listing of the available slideshows in this series is as follows:

  1. Episode 1:  Downloading and setup
  2. Episode 2: Downloading Lame-Encoder file: Allows Audacity to export MP3 Files
  3. Episode 3: Setup and Configuration
  4. Episode 4:  Setting audio levels
  5. Episode 5:  Audacity Mixer Toolbar Continue reading

Genealogy: Which file formats to consider for digital migration strategy

Genealogy: Which file formats to consider for digital migration strategyBy Barry J. Ewell

The following table is intended to help you develop guidelines for preparing files for digital archiving. It is not intended to provide full preservation for formats listed under Low Confidence Level. Unfortunately it’s not possible to provide a single list of file formats that are appropriate for all use cases. The best formats to use for each of an object’s files will vary depending on how those files will be accessed and used, how they were captured or created, and their relationship to other files in the object. Continue reading