Yesterday I posted an article with a title of "VoIP Enables Ancestry.com Users to Record Oral Family Histories." In that article, I wrote "The two new services apparently are not yet operational." This morning, a representative of Ancestry.com called me with a correction. It seems that the new conference and intreview features ARE enabled right now and are available to all Ancestry.com customers. Even better, a method of recording live video is also available now.
This service is free for any registered user of Ancestry who has created a Family Tree. You can either attach an audio story to an individual, or you can assign it to the entire tree.
To access the new voice and video features, go to http://www.ancestry.com and log on with your user name and password (near the upper right corner). Click on "My Ancestry" and then click on HELP. If you then search for "Audio storytelling service" you will find step-by-step instructions for adding audio and even video files to your family tree information. The new service will even dial out to connect you and a relative together in a conference call that you can record.
My thanks to the folks at Ancestry.com for the update.