Preserving Your Audio Recordings (reel to reel, cassettes)


    Audio recordings of our ancestors as they tell stories of their lives can be inspiring. These recordings become a part of them, and add to their legacy.

    Can you imagine listening to a Danish great grandmother singing a primary song with her Danish accent?

    Learn how to transfer audio recordings made on cassettes onto your computer. What a wonderful way of saving a digital file of your ancestor's stories in a shareable digital format! You can even load digital recordings up to 15 megabytes in size to Family Tree to share with others.

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    Converting Audio Files
    Editing Digital Audio Files

    Editing Your Digital Audio Files

    Audio recordings typically take about 1 mb for every minute of recording.

    FamilySearch will upload files with a maximum size of 15 mb, or about 15" of recording time. This will limit uploading a whole tape for example. However, editing the tape into many separate stories of smaller size is easily done.

    You will need to download Audacity using the link below. (This link takes you directly to the Open Source site that maintains the software. This prevents other sites from downloading "additional" other stuff you don't want).

    Install the application once downloaded.

    You may have previously downloaded the program to RECORD your cassette tape to your computer. This application both records and edits digital files.

    If you are an Apple user with a Mac, download the Mac version.

    Manage Your Audio Files

    Organizing and Backing Up Your Media Files

    Do NOT minimize the importance of organizing your digital files, nor of keeping multiple safely stored backups. You would not want to instantly lose all those files after spending hundreds (or more) hours collecting these files. (Trust me on this!)

    Share Your File With Others

    Sharing Your Media Files With Others

    In the "old" days, people kept their photos, documents, and stories in their 8.5"X14" fancy thick "genealogy binders". They sat on shelves, hardly ever viewed, especially by anyone outside of the family. Their PAF files stayed on their computers as they created their pedigree and family group sheets. The days of "THEIR" are over. With cloud drives, Family Tree Gallery, and other means, we now have the ability to collaborate with cousins we may have never met before. We have the ability to easily share our photos, documents, and stories with others and share our heritage with that of our cousins.

    I challenge you to begin this sharing process! There is a whole new world out there! You will find it a great blessing to share so many different things with others.