Episode 460 - Ancestry’s Crista Cowan on AI: You’re Already Using It! Plus, Legacy Tree Genealogist’s Ryan Rockwood with a Japanese Research Story
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Host Scott Fisher opens the show with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and AmericanAncestors.org. In Family Histoire News, David updates us on the long-running War of 1812 Pension digitization project. Then, hear about how authorities finally figured out what happened to the man who, when he was 16, murdered his parents in 1958 and later escaped from prison. The story involves DNA… and has a twist! The guys then talk about a World War 2 vet who just started having nightmares from his experiences… at age 99! Smithsonian is carrying an interesting story about steamboat racing in the 19th century. The guys explain. Then, David talks about a strange place that is (essentially) named Hill Hill Hill Hill. He’ll tell you where it is and why it is called that.
Next, Crista Cowan joins the show from Ancestry.com. Crista and Fisher talk about artificial intelligence, how she’s using it, the possibilities she envisions, and (surprise!) the fact you’ve likely already been using it.
Ryan Rockwood then joins the show. He is a Project Manager for sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists, specializing in Asian research. Hear Ryan’s remarkable story of a Japanese man that settled in Texas over a hundred years ago that tied all his studies together back in college, and how he researched him.
David then returns for Ask Us Anything.
That’s all this week on Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show!