Choosing suitable audio equipment for oral history interviews: perspectives of an audio engineer

Peter Kolomitsev is an audio engineer working at the State Library of South Australia whom we met in previous posts, talking about his job and providing his top tips for making excellent quality oral history recordings.  In this post, I Read More …

How to make an excellent oral history recording: top tips from an audio engineer

Audio engineers working in collecting institutions are in a superb position to provide valuable advice to oral historians, since they look after recordings, and ensure they are stored safely and made available to researchers.  They have extensive experience in sound Read More …

From wax cylinders to SD cards: the extraordinary range of audio technology encountered by an audio engineer

I recently went behind the scenes at the State Library of South Australia to interview audio engineer, Peter Kolomitsev, about his job.  It quickly became apparent that in helping to preserve the state’s audio heritage, he encounters a diverse range Read More …

Hearing the voice of a relative for the first time…

Have you ever thought of using oral history recordings in your family or local history research? Recording your own interviews with relatives is a valuable addition to your research.  However, previously recorded interviews can also provide family and local history Read More …

Review: Using FamilySearch Apps to record Oral Histories

I recently came across an interesting blog post, encouraging family historians to record oral histories with family members using FamilySearch apps and then to add them to their FamilySearch family trees. Oral history is a wonderful way of recording family Read More …

What features are important in digital recorders for oral history?

Regardless of whether you are interviewing a family member for your genealogy research, or a community member for an oral history project, it’s important to use the best digital recorder that you can.  You want your interview to last! Imagine Read More …

Top tips for oral history interviews

These tips will help you undertake high quality oral history interviews that can be used in a range of settings and by others in future. 1. Prepare for your interview by researching the interview topic and doing a preliminary interview Read More …