Open GeneaGPT (the community-built genealogy AI tool) has been updated

Open GeneaGPT (the community-built genealogy AI tool) has been updated from version 2 to version 3 as of Monday 22 January 2024. This is a significant update, transforming Open GeneaGPT into a smarter and more engaging companion for exploring family history, making it easier and more enjoyable for everyone. It brings changes like better conversations, more helpful suggestions for next steps, ensuring a friendly and insightful journey into the past.

OpenAI’s custom GPTs are amazing tools for creating specialized bots that can perform various tasks, such as extracting data; describing documents, images, records; generating reports, stories, images; and much, much more. These GPTs are tools for the way you work; you build the AI tool you need, or find one on the store shelf. I have been exploring genealogy prompt engineering over the past year, building genealogy GPTs since November, and I have learned a lot about how to create and use them effectively. Recently, OpenAI launched their GPT Store, where users can share their custom GPTs with other ChatGPT Plus subscribers. This is a great opportunity to discover new bots and learn from others. I have shared five or six of my custom genealogy GPTs in the store, which are related to family history research (more are being finished in the lab). Custom GPTs are available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers ($20/month) for no additional cost in the ChatGPT Store.

These are the kinds of genealogy AI tools that I teach students to create; no programming skills are necessary. ChatGPT can interview you, to ask you what kind of AI tool you’d like to create. Then I can show you how to fine-tune the tool to suit your exact genealogy workflow. It won’t fetch you a Snickers Bar or promise to solve a 120-year family history mystery, but within the realm of what large language models can do today, this one does okay.

If you’d like hands-on, step-by-step instruction on how to build your own custom GPTs and other specialized genealogy AI tools, your own flock of bots, the National Genealogical Society is now enrolling for Prompt Engineering and Specialized AI Tools for Genealogists, which starts at the end of January 2024; six hours of instruction over four weeks is just the start; also includes a collaborative study group, sharing successes and learning from failures. The first section of 50 seats sold-out in days, so a second section has been opened. Learn more here: