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AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead?

February 3 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm EST

FGS Meeting

Meeting is a hybrid meeting. Thomas MacEntee will be presenting via webinar in the Beech Conference Room in the Florida History and Genealogy Library at the John F. Germany Public Library. Alternately, you can attend via Zoom webinar.

900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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While AI (artificial intelligence) might be the current “hot” buzz word, the fact is that many genealogy vendors and even genealogists have already been using this technology for years. The AI industry is at a crossroads and within the next five years, it will permeate almost every aspect of business and society. Learn how AI is currently being used to improve the genealogy experience, and whether or not you should seek out other uses of artificial intelligence for your own genealogy research.


  • What is Artificial Intelligence and Why Should I Be Concerned?
  • The Basics of AI
    • AI Data: Where Does it Come From?
    • AI Reliability
  • AI and Genealogy
    • Current uses of AI by Genealogy Vendors and others
    • Copyright and AI
    • AI and Source Citations
    • AI and Text Translation
  • Conclusion
  • Resource List


Below is the event itinerary (all times are Eastern timezone):

10:00 – 10:15 – Greetings and sign-in (in-person)

10:15 – 10:25 – Opening remarks and society news

10:25 – 10:50 – DNA Special Interest Group by Jean Sanner, FGS Tampa

10:50 – 10:55 – Break 

10:55 – 11:00 – Door prize, recap society news 

11:00 – 12:00 – Featured speaker

Our Speaker

Thomas MacEntee

Who is Thomas MacEntee? Thomas MacEntee is a Baby Boomer guy with a love of punk rock music but also art history who somehow “fell” into the technology industry almost 40 years ago, and then left a lucrative IT career to pursue his love of family history and genealogy. Technology and historical research are opposites, …

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