Family History: Some Tips for Creating and Editing Transcripts

Family History: Some Tips for Creating and Editing TranscriptsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are some tips for creating and editing transcripts based on my personal experiences:

  • Listen to about ten minutes of the interview before starting to transcribe.
  • Transcribe what you hear. Do not put words or phrases into the interviewee’s mouth, even if what they say is awkward or ungrammatical. Do not change word order.
  • It will help if you have special transcribing equipment, such as good headphones and a transcribing machine that can be operated by foot pedals so you can stop and Continue reading