Skill Building for Family Historians


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Navigating the AI Frontier

Are you intrigued by the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in family history research?

About Navigating the AI Frontier

This series of workshops is designed to demystify artificial intelligence (AI) and reveal its immense potential in family history. Whether you're curious about the latest AI developments, seeking guidance on new trends, or simply need clear explanations of AI applications in genealogical research, this workshop is for you.

The workshops offer more than just theoretical knowledge; each is an interactive, hands-on journey. We provide you with an extensive workbook filled with clear, step-by-step guidance. You will develop knowledge and practical skills that will not only be invaluable during the course, but you can continue to apply them long after its conclusion.


Workshop Cost: $187 (US dollars) for 6 hours (3 sessions x 2 hours)

When: 1, 8 & 15 February 2024 @ 7pm Eastern US

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Where: via ZOOM. All sessions are closed captioned, recorded and available for viewing for 14 days following each session. A comprehensive workbook is provided. Attendance is limited to 30 participants.

Workshop 1:
1 February 2024 @ 7pm Eastern US

AI and Family History: A Guided Introduction with Ethical Insights

This introductory workshop lays the groundwork for integrating AI in genealogy. Discover how AI can analyse historical documents, streamline research, and reveal untold family stories. As we delve into the ethical dimensions, we'll discuss privacy, consent, and responsible use of AI in family history research.

workshop 2
8 February 2024 @ 7pm Eastern US

AI Tools for Efficient Data Extraction

Take your research to the next level. Explore AI techniques for efficient data extraction. We'll guide you through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and data processing, ensuring you can turn raw sources into valuable insights.

Workshop 3
15 February 2024 @ 7pm Eastern US

Crafting Family History with AI

Discover how to turn your research into engaging family narratives that bring your history to life. Learn how AI can assist in creating compelling family histories, written accounts, and even images, adding a unique dimension to your family's legacy.

Join us on this unique adventure where modern technology intertwines with traditional methods, vividly bringing your family history to life in ways you've never imagined.

Fiona Brooker

Fiona Brooker is a professional genealogist who has been actively researching her family history for over thirty-five years. She has gained a Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and is a ProGen graduate. Fiona has served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) and organised family history conferences and expos in New Zealand. The advent of AI gives Fiona the opportunity to blend the genealogist with her IT and teaching experience. She is keen to help family historians to share their research and AI is one tool to help with this. Fiona presented on AI and Your Genealogy Business at the 2023 Professional Management Conference for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Andrew Redfern

Andrew Redfern is an accomplished speaker, having delivered many workshops and presentations over the past 20 years.  Recently his work on AI and Family History has been sought after by numerous family history groups across Australia.  He was one of the keynote speakers at Family History Month Opening Ceremony 2023 and in conjunction with the Society of Australian Genealogists developed a 3 part seminar series on Using Artificial Intelligence in Family History.  With a background in education and technology, the integration of AI into his genealogical toolkit was a natural progression and he is excited by the possibilities while remaining aware of the limitations.  Andrew's engaging presentation style often includes fun and interactive activities to ensure participants learn the content in fun and interesting ways and the use of practical examples is a key feature of his courses.