Using Your Smartphone for Recording Family History

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the 1 April 2013 edition of the Deseret News. The author, Alexis Jones, details some of the tips on using your Smart Phone for recording family history that Susan Kitchens gave out in her lecture (Recording and Preserving Family Stories Using Your iOS and Android Device) at RootsTech 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s natural to use special recording devices to preserve your family history, but with today’s technology, extra devices become unnecessary. You can use a tool that’s already in your pocket to record interviews.

That was the topic of Susan A. Kitchens’ session titled “Recording and Preserving Family Stories Using Your iOS and Android Device” at the RootsTech genealogy conference on March 21 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Kitchens is an author and digital Renaissance woman who has won the Computer Press Award. She runs a website, “Family Oral History Using Digital Tools,” to document tools and techniques for recording, processing and preserving family stories.

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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