Empowering Genealogists with Artificial Intelligence

Empowering Genealogists with Artificial Intelligence

Course Overview

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can change the way genealogists work. With its potential to save time and effort, AI allows you to focus on more research-intensive tasks. These courses help you understand the power of AI for genealogy, its limitations, and how it can be harnessed for genealogy research and writing.

Level One: Empowering Genealogists with Artificial Intelligence -- UPDATE COMING

Empowering Genealogists with Artificial Intelligence – Level One is an online course that explains using AI for genealogy, including the benefits and limitations of programs like ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude.

Instructor Steve Little teaches participants how to enhance research efficiency and creativity by showing AI uses such as OCR cleanup, data extraction, narrative report improvement, and translation.

This cutting-edge course explores the fascinating intersection of artificial intelligence and genealogy. The course explores the history, applications, benefits, limitations, and future possibilities for using AI for genealogy.

Students learn to leverage tools like ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude to enhance genealogical research. They explore practical use cases, hands-on techniques, and the ethical considerations to harness the power of AI. Whether you’re a genealogist, historian, or AI enthusiast, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly evolving world of AI in genealogy.

Week One: Foundations–Diving into ChatGPT Ethics and Essentials

Week Two: Extracting Insights–Demystifying LLMs & Harnessing Their Potential

Week Three: Leveraging AI for Generative Narrative Reports and Stories

Week Four: Metamorphosis–Changing the Look and Sound of a Text

Instructor: Steve Little

Basic computer and genealogical research skills.

A ChatGPT Plus Account.


This is a recorded course where participants watch the class at their convenience. Students have access to the course for 60 days.

A live Q&A session via Zoom will be scheduled in March 2024.

Price NGS Members $195 Non-Members $215
Course is Under Update Due to AI Advancements>

Level Two: Prompt Engineering and Specialized Tools

Prompt Engineering and Specialized AI Tools for Genealogists is an innovative four-week course designed to teach genealogists how to effectively utilize advanced AI tools in their research. Designed by Steve Little, the AI Program Director for NGS, the course will dive into the world of prompt engineering and custom GPTs (also called ‘bots’ or ‘assistants’), exploring how these structured prompts can direct AI to perform specific genealogical tasks with precision.

Participants will learn to build and share their own GPTs using intuitive tools like GPT Builder and develop a practical understanding of how AI can enhance their genealogical work.  The course will guide students in how to use AI to analyze and interpret historical documents and highlight the need for a keen understanding of AI’s capabilities and limitations in this process.

The course will also highlight the customization possibilities that GPTs offer, allowing genealogists to tailor AI tools to their unique research requirements. This includes leveraging advanced features such as Code Interpreter and Actions, which can significantly aid in complex data analysis tasks. The final week of the course addresses ethical dimensions, including best practices in the use of GPTs. This course is not only about mastering the technical aspects of AI in genealogy but also about embracing a responsible and informed approach to integrating these powerful tools into genealogical research.

Week One: Introduction to GPTs and their capabilities, focusing on how they can be structured and customized for genealogical research.

Week Two: Hands-on exercises in building GPTs using tools like GPT Builder, with emphasis on tailoring these tools to genealogical data and documents.

Week Three: Explore advanced features like Code Interpreter and Actions and learn how these can be integrated into genealogical research.

Week Four: Focus on ethical considerations, limitations, and best practices in using GPTs, including transparency and accuracy in document interaction.

Instructor: Steve Little

The Level One course and/or 20 hours of experience using ChatGPT Plus.

A ChatGPT Plus account.

Course Delivery:


A recorded course where participants watch the class at their convenience. Students have access to the course for 60 days.


Price NGS Members $195 Non-Members $215


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About the Instructor

Steve Little is a professional genealogist who has completed master’s work in Applied Linguistics, which is the basis of today’s large language models of artificial intelligence. His life-long interests in language, technology, and genealogy provide him with a unique vantage point at the intersection of these domains.

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