Tuesday, May 14, 2024

New FamilySearch Labs Experiment: Find Help With AI Search

 The FamlySearch Labs (https://www.familysearch.org/en/labs/) have added another Experiment - to "Find Help With AI Search."  Here is the FamilySearch Labs home page:

The "Find Help with AI Search" is the third link down the page.  The summary says:

"Explore how an AI-assisted search might provide better guidance and helpfor doing research and using the FamilySearch website."

I clicked on the link to "Go To Experiment" and saw a query box:

The page notes that "I use information from the Help Center, Wiki, RootsTech, and more to find you answers."

My question on the form above was "Where can I find land records for Cheyenne County, Kansas?"

And the answer is:

The answer from the FamilySearch Helper is:
"Land records for Cheyenne County, Kansas can be found at the county courthouse, where the records are currently housed [1]. Additionally, you can access online land records for Cheyenne County through the Kansas Historical Society website [1]. The Kansas Historical Society provides resources such as land records, including deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, and land patents [1]. You can also search for land patents and homesteads on the Bureau of Land Management website [1]. Ancestry.com offers indexes and images of U.S. General Land Office Records from 1796-1907 and U.S. Homestead Records from 1863-1908 [1].

Then I asked "What is the Genealogy Proof Standard?"  The answer was:

"The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is a process used by genealogists to ensure the credibility of their research [1]. It consists of five essential steps for accurate research: conducting reasonably exhaustive research, providing complete and accurate source citations for each statement of fact, skillfully correlating and interpreting the evidence, resolving any contradictory evidence, and producing a soundly reasoned and coherently written conclusion [1][2]. The GPS helps genealogists determine what they know, decide what they want to learn, explain their work to others, gain confidence in their research direction, approach difficult research problems, and feel secure in their conclusions [1]. The GPS is widely used in genealogy and family history research to produce reliable and well-supported conclusions . 

Not bad...at least the answers are correct!  

I asked the Helper "what videos are available by Diahan Southard," and it told me it didn't  have information about that (so it doesn't check RootsTech class videos yet).

I asked the Helper "Who is the father of Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)?"  It told me "The retrieved document does not provide information about the father of Isaac Seaver (1823-2001). The available information in the document only mentions Isaac Seaver and his wife Lucretia (Smith) Seaver [1].

"[1] Genealogists Share Heirlooms and Tell Stories from Their Family Tree • FamilySearch Blog" 

As with most Artificial Intelligence engines, it can only provide information that is in their memory bank.  Just like human "Natural Intelligence."

I think that this is a more user-friendly way to access information on FamilySearch than trying to navigate the Research Wiki and the Familysearch Blog.


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1 comment:

Marian B. Wood said...

Will give this a try because sometimes what I want from the Wiki is buried deep within a page within a page!