Cyber Solutions: Oral Dilemma
5/1/2007
How can I transfer oral history interviews from cassettes into my genealogy software's notes without transcribing them by hand?

Q. How can I transfer oral history interviews from cassettes into my genealogy software's notes without transcribing them by hand?

A. It sure would be nice if there were a way to automatically transcribe your interviews. Unfortunately, technology hasn't quite progressed that far. Speech recognition software, such as Naturally Speaking ($99.99 from Nuance <nuance.com>), transcribes your dictation and is much faster than typing. But the program is designed to work with only one speaker, not the multiple voices in a taped interview.