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AncestryAI Algorithm Traces Your Family Tree Back More Than 300 Years


AncestryAI creating family trees.

Researchers at Finland's Aalto University have developed a family tree artificial intelligence algorithm.

Credit: Eric Malmi

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have developed AncestryAI, a family tree artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that looks for connections between 5 million baptisms from the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century.

AncestryAI, which is part of the HisKi project, collects parish data on baptisms, marriages, and relocations. It then automatically searches for a child's most probable parents and creates family trees based on this information. The algorithm offers several options based on the parents' date, place of birth, and similar names.

In addition, AncestryAI users can leave comments on the system's accuracy, and the algorithm uses these comments to improve its analysis.

"It would be really interesting to have a family tree covering the whole of Finland, because it could also be used to study wars, epidemics, the influence of and changes in the class society," says Aalto University's Eric Malmi.

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