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JGS Event — Identify Unnamed Ancestors for Genealogical Research

February 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This is a Zoom event presented by JGS Toronto.

Using Facial Recognition Tools to Identify
Unnamed Ancestors for Genealogical Research

Speaker: Scott Genzer


Sunday, 28 February 2021, at 10:30 a.m.

Photographs have always been a genealogical challenge because, unlike more conventional sources such as vital records, they do not impart clear data. Most often we simply attach the pictures to our trees and then leave them there. However in early 2019 Genzer developed a new technique that shows how to implement facial recognition via artificial intelligence/machinelearning methods to identify unknown people in photographs using large libraries of passport-like images currently available online. Facial recognition enables genealogists to use never before available technology to generate new clues with statistical probabilities from old photos.  His presentation will be an elaboration and detailed demonstration of this technique previously published in the fall issue of Avotaynu [PDF copy of the article will be available).

Scott Genzer is an amateur genealogist who has spent two decades researching his family tree, particularly his paternal branch from Mielec, Poland. During the day, he is a data scientist at RapidMiner, a software company based in Boston. Scott lives in Norwich, Vermont, with his wife and two daughters.

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February 28
10:30 am - 12:00 pm