Genealogy: Digitizing records and tapes with Audacity

Digitizing records and tapes with AudacityBy Barry J. Ewell

You’ve been ripping CDs for years, but what about those dusty cassette tapes in your attic and all that bargain-basement vinyl at used book sales? With Audacity, you can capture those vintage tunes, clean up their sound, and carry them around on your MP3 player.

Audacity is a powerful free cross-platform audio editor. It includes tools such as noise removal filters and automatic track splitting that can speed up the process of turning your antique audio into shiny new MP3s or Oggs.
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Genealogy: Personal websites, blogs and social media

Genealogy: Personal websites, blogs and social mediaIf you have a blog, website, Facebook page or other way to share information on the Internet, you also have a rich source of information that you should think about saving for the future.

For this category you need to start any archiving process by first identifying what you have. You might have multiple places where you share information, and you should give consideration to them all. Continue reading

Genealogy: Why digitize?

Genealogy: Why digitize?As genealogists and family historians the main reasons to digitize are to enhance access or share information and improve preservation.  We are able to take bits and pieces of our heritage that are scattered among family members and put them together in a collection that can be shared via CD/DVD and Web.
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30+ Tutorials for Digitizing Family History and Heritage

The Digital Family History and Heritage series is provided as a sampling  the resources you will find on MyGenShare.com.  These videos are part of the Digitizing and Preservation category featuring an online library designed to help learn about digitizing and preserving artifacts, audio, documents, film, video and more.

Search suggestions: Once you find the slideshow that you are seeking do one of the following:

  1. Scroll and page to the slideshow
  2. Copy and place the slideshow title or portion of the title in the blog search field, click search and you will be directed to slideshow.
  3. Click on the listing and your will be taken to the slideshow.

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

  1. Digitizing family history #1: Why digital preservation is important for you
  2. Digitizing family history #2: Where will we find the genealogical artifacts?
  3. Digitizing family history #3: What will you find?
  4. Digitizing family history #4: Identify what you want to save
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Digitizing family history #2: Where will we find the genealogical artifacts?

Host: Barry J. Ewell, Digitizing family history and heritage #2: Where will we find the genealogical artifacts?, introduces the need to carefully evaluate and plan where to search for genealogical artifacts.  From generation to generation families preserve and divide important artifacts of all types.  Once you know where to look, you will begin to uncover and discover new aspects of your family history.

Digitizing family history #3: What will you find?

Host: Barry J. Ewell, Digitizing family history and heritage #3: What will you find?, introduces the types of genealogical artifacts that will be found during the process of research.  When you know what to look for, you are keener to know where to look, what questions to ask, and how to use the information found.