When AI and Genealogy Unite – An Interview with Thomas MacEntee

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In this episode, Thomas MacEntee shares some of the incredible ways that AI is shaping the world of genealogy and what this might mean for genealogists. Also, Lisa Alzo shares some excellent tips for writing your family history.

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Tree Talk (01:43)

Family Tree Magazine New Media editor Rachel Christian covers the latest genealogy news.

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Feature: AI and Genealogy (06:03)

Expert genealogist and author Thomas MacEntee stops by to explore the important topic of artificial Intelligence (also known as AI) and the impact it’s having on genealogy research.

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This article explores what artificial intelligence (AI)is and how it may affect the world of genealogy. Also find tips for using AI for genealogy projects.

Family History Home: Writing Your Family History (15:32)

Author and Family Tree University instructor Lisa Alzo is back to help you get started writing your family history.  

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