Exploring Open GeneaGPT

Open GeneaGPT, by Steve Little, is a Genealogy GPT based on a collaborative source-available instruction set. An assistant for family history researchers, genealogists, and the generally curious. It has a rating of 4.7 and has been used in over 400 conversations.

Suggested conversation starters are:

How do I get started with genealogy?
What basic skills does a genealogist practice?
How do genealogists verify genealogical conclusions?

Why and how do genealogists write about their results?


To verify genealogical conclusions it preaches the genealogical proof standard.

In writing about results it mentions:
(1) Genealogical Reports: These detailed documents outline the research process, findings, and conclusions. …
(2) Narrative Family Histories: These are more story-like documents that weave together genealogical facts with historical context, personal anecdotes, and family lore. …r audience.
(3) Pedigree Charts and Family Trees: Visual representations of lineage that can accompany written reports. …
(4) Case Studies: These are in-depth explorations of a particular research problem or family line, demonstrating methodology, analysis, and resolution. …
(5) Articles and Blog Posts: Shorter pieces that can focus on specific discoveries, research tips, or historical context. …(6) Books: Comprehensive works that cover extensive research on a family or a particular topic within genealogy. …You are invited to explore further: “Would you like to delve (sic) into one of these writing methods in detail, explore examples of genealogical narratives, learn about specific tools and resources for writing, or discuss another topic?”

I asked for the outline for a Genealogical Report. It suggested:
Table of Contents
Research Objective
Summary of Findings
Research Methodology
Detailed Findings
Analysis and Discussion

I asked for an example. The result seemed reasonable. To be sure it wasn’t hullicinating I fed it information for a situation I knew about . The result was impressive. While there were errors and omissions they would be easy to correct.

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