Exploring Trends in Technology and Genealogy

Friday, October 13 - Saturday, October 14
In-person and Online

In Person (NYG&B Headquarters, 36 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036) and Online via Zoom

What is artificial intelligence’s (AI) impact on the genealogy world? How is optical character recognition (OCR) revolutionizing research? What are the latest breakthroughs in DNA tools and testing?

Join technology and family history experts for an exclusive two-day symposium (both in person and virtual) to explore recent technological advancements that have been impacting the practice and study of genealogy. Broadcast live from the NYG&B’s headquarters in New York City and joined by experts from across the globe, this symposium will offer new techniques, approaches, and best practices for genealogists undertaking research in a fast-changing technological environment. Participants can attend either in person or virtually. All sessions will be recorded and made available to attendees for on-demand viewing through December 15, 2023.

Symposium Schedule (Subject to Change)

Friday, October 13

9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks by D. Joshua Taylor, President of the NYG&B

9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote Address by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
“Genealogy and the (New) Artificial Intelligence” with Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break (Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“Archiving Social Media” with Carly Lane Morgan

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
“OCR Unleashed: Revolutionizing Genealogy Research for the Modern Era” with Jennifer Baldwin

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Man and Machine Learning: Bridging the Gap Between Volunteers and Handwriting-Recognition Technology in Historical Records” with John K. Alexander, MA, MLS 

Saturday, October 14

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Technology in Practice: What’s New from the NYG&B Digital Services Team” with Ryan Gleason and Kalyn Loewer, MA

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
“Third-Party DNA Tools” with Jonny Perl

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break (lunch will be provided for in-person attendees)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“Automated Source Citation Tools” with Nicole Dyer

2:15 p.m.– 3:15 p.m.
“Twists and Turns: Twenty Years as a Genetic Genealogist” with Blaine Bettinger 

3:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.
“Panel: AI, Ethics, and Other Considerations” with Blaine Bettinger, D. Joshua Taylor, and others

See full session descriptions and speaker bios here.