VoIP is an acronym that stands for "Voice over Internet Protocol." Almost all the new online services that allow you to place voice calls over the Internet use VoIP technology. That would include Skype, Vonage, and a number of other voice services. It is easy to place long-distance telephone calls for free or for very little money. You can see some of my past articles on the topic at http://tinyurl.com/3yn9bq.
Now Ancestry.com is adding VoIP voice services to record oral histories and to interview family members.
Converged communications provider LignUp Corporation said today it is now enabling Ancestry.com to provide two VoIP-based tools for users to capture oral family histories. The service is to be offered in two applications: “Record My Memories” and “Record Conversations.” The first lets users call a special phone number and record an oral history after a prompt. The second can be used to establish a call between the genealogist and a family member to perform an “interview” that’s recorded. The caller uses controls on ancestry.com to start and stop the recording.
The two new services apparently are not yet operational. However, LignUp Corporation made the announcement this week. You can read the announcement at http://www.lignup.com/company/news/2007/11/5/94.
I suspect an announcement from Ancestry.com with further details will be made within a few weeks.