AI Genealogy Seminars: From Basics to Breakthroughs

I could not be more excited about sharing this announcement and learning with you. Registration opens Tuesday 20 February 2024, 1 PM ET, for “AI Genealogy Seminars: From Basics to Breakthroughs,” one of eleven virtual courses offered this summer by the National Genealogical Society’s GRIP Genealogical Institute (formerly the “Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh”). I will be teaching ten sessions, from basics to breakthroughs in AI Genealogy, and I am humbled to be joined by seven distinguished colleagues who were students (though “fellow pioneers” would be more accurate, as I learned as much from them as they did from me) in my Level 1 and/or Level 2 NGS AI Genealogy courses last fall and this winter. More information is included below, and at the websites noted below.

Course: AI Genealogy Seminars: From Basics to Breakthroughs
Coordinator: Steve Little
Date: 23-28 June 2024
Venue: GRIP Virtual Session
Registration Opens: 1 PM ET, Tue 20 Feb 2024


As the AI Program Director at the National Genealogical Society (“NGS”) and a pioneer in the field, Steve Little will navigate participants through the foundational concepts to the frontiers of AI Genealogy. His sessions will chart the evolution of AI Genealogy, from its early stages to predictive trends in 2024. Sessions will cover practical skills in prompt engineering, bot building and GPT customization, and the latest in AI Genealogy advancements. Steve’s comprehensive expertise will provide attendees with the tools to not only grasp AI basics but also to apply sophisticated AI strategies to their genealogical research. The AI Genealogy Seminars offer a unique opportunity to learn from the first-hand experiences of industry leaders during the initial year of large language model integration into genealogy. Their insights will shape the course content and provide a diverse perspective on the evolution of this field. Featured experts include Blaine Bettinger, Maureen Taylor, Judy Russell, Dana Leeds, Nicole Dyer, Mary Kircher Roddy, and Mark Thompson.

Other Instructors:

  • Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
  • Nicole Dyer
  • Dana Leeds
  • Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
  • Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • Maureen Taylor, MA
  • Mark Thompson

Student Prerequisites, Requirements, Registration:

NGS online course “Empowering Genealogists with Artificial Intelligence – Level One” or commensurate experience (approx. 20+ hours of hands-on AI genealogy experience). The GRIP 2024 course “AI Genealogy Seminars” is NOT for a genealogist’s first experience with large language models or other AI tools; however, if a student has 20+ hands-on hours with ChatGPT Plus (GPT-4) when the course begins, then an updated refresher of the basics and intermediate aspects of AI Genealogy will ensure the student is up-to-speed to take advantage of the advanced topics and special content instructors.

Current subscription to ChatGPT Plus


About GRIP, Sessions:

About NGS’s GRIP Genealogy Institute:
Formerly the “Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh”, GRIP 2024 is “the” event for genealogists and family historians who want to develop their skills while meeting new friends in a collegial and collaborative community.

Descriptions of all 18 Sessions included in “AI Genealogy Seminars: From Basics to Breakthroughs”:
(My sessions are tersely described to allow for latest developments and inclusion since this printing.)