Saturday, April 13, 2024

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Are You Experimenting With Artificial Intelligence for Genealogy?

  Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night Again - 

Time For Some More Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  Are you experimenting with Artifical Intelligence (AI) for genealogy and family history?  What have you learned so far?  What have you done to date?  What GPTs have you used?  What results have you had - good or bad?

2) Tell us about your AI experience  in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:
*  I started using ChatGPT in early 2023, thinking it would be able to answer my questions about my ancestors.  I learned that it's not Google or a search engine, but a language model.  It provided lots of false information when it did not know an answer to a question.  It needs to learn things before it can provide correct information to you.

*  Writing an AI Narrative Report in ChatGPT for David Auble (1817-1894).  I input a timeline and had ChatGPT write a genealogical sketch.  This worked out pretty well.

*  Writing My Obituary With ChatGPT 3.5.  I input a series of highlights about my supposed life and ChstGPT wrote a decent obituary.

*  ChatGPT 3.5 Offers Genealogy Book Recommendations.  I asked ChatGPT for book recmmendations and received a decent list of actual books.

*  New MyHeritage Feature -- Artificial Intelligence AI Record Finder(tm); New MyHeritage Feature -- Artificial Intelligence AI Biographer(tm);  and MyHeritage AI Biographer Feature Is Only on Family View.  I tried out the two new MyHeritage AI features.  The Record Finder is limited by the lsck of comprehensive record collections at MyHeritage.  The Biographer does a decent job of creatinga short biography based on a MyHeritage tree profile.

*  Exploring the AncestryAI Feature on and Ask AncestryAI: What Was Hilperton, Wiltshire Like in 1848?  The infromation provided to date is based on social and cultural history material, which is often generalized for a specific time and location.

*  First Look at EmulateMe: Creating an AI Avatar and Short Audios/Videos; and Second Look at EmulateMe: Creating My Father's Avatar and Audio/Video Chats.  I uploaded a biography of myself, an avatar, and did a voice reading, and users can ask my avatar questions about my life.  

*  MyHeritage DeepStory Creates a Great Short Audio/Visual Biography.  The user can have a talking image saying things based on a MyHeritage tree profile.  The user can add to and edit the text.

*  The FamilySearch Full-Text Search feature reveal was eye-opening - the system uses AI to seach for, transcribe and index a page of handwritten text.  A game-changer because it finds names hiding in pages of handwritten text.  It works pretty well for most pages of land deed and probate records.  See Testing the Full Text Search in FamilySearch Labs - An Immediate Success!! and Dear Randy: "Why Can't I Find Barnstable County, Massachusetts Probate Records on FamilySearch Full-Text Search?"

*  I used Google Bard (now Gemini) and Microsoft CoPilot to create colorful images of genealogists with family members, family trees, DNA, ancestral homes, and more, on Facebook.  Somehow, the really fantastic genealogy and DNA oriented images have eluded me (I did create the one below on Microsoft CoPilot!).


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine:

Janice M. Sellers said...

And here's mine:

Annette Kapple said...

I used AI to summarize a long one paragraph email about family history in Nicaragua. The bullet point list of points were very good!

I also asked AI about my family first names. I have many British Isles ancestors, most are Scottish. I wondered if AI could separate Scottish first naming patterns from English and Irish? I thought it did a good job. I have not been able to trace any of my ancestors back to England, but I've traced many back to Scotland, and AI was right about their first naming. patterns.

ByAPearl said...

Here are my experiences with AI.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is my most uninteresting response: