Keynote Jay L. Verkler, President and CEO, FamilySearch
Bio: Mr. Verkler currently serves as the President and CEO of FamilySearch and the managing director of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mr. Verkler has previously served in various executive positions within innovative Silicon Valley companies such as Oracle Corporation, inCommon Inc., TIBCO Software, Vitria Technology, Inc. and Sales.com. Mr. Verkler studied electrical engineering, computer science and chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as Japanese and Asian studies at Harvard University.
From the Granite Mountain to the Ends of the World: Take a never-before-seen video tour of the largest repository of genealogy records in the world—the Granite Mountain Records Vault. The Vault protects billions of records gathered from governments, churches, and other archives around the world. From there, the tour continues as we explore trends and resources that will enable these and other records to be viewed worldwide.
Session #1: Record Linkage
Refocusing Family History Software and Capturing Research Intent, Chris ChapmanPaper
Reconstituting the Population of a Small European Town Using Probabilistic Record Linking: A Case Study, Sue Dintelman and Tim Maness, Pleiades Software DevelopmentPaper
Session #2: Data Extraction
Extracting Names Using Layout Clues: An Initial Report, Aaron P. Stewart and David W. Embley, Brigham Young UniversityPaper
Extracting Person Names from Diverse and Noisy OCR Text, Thomas Packer, Joshua Lutes, Aaron P. Stewart, and David W. Embley, Eric Ringger, Kevin Seppi, and Lee Jensen, Brigham Young University and Ancestry.comPaper
Lunch Speaker A Report Card for the Genealogy Software Industry (We’re getting a D+), Dan Lawyer, Joe Martel, Grant Skousen, and Ron Tanner, FamilySearchPaper
Know Your Ancestors Better: Demographic Visualization for Large Genealogical Sets, Tae Woo Kim and Geoffrey M. Draper, Brigham Young University HawaiiPaper
Geospatial Genealogy: Visualizing and Exploring Ancestral Place, Stephen L. Egbert, University of Kansas and Karen G.R. Roekard, Independent Scholar, Berkeley, CAPaper
Genealogical Forests and Family Trees, Peter A. Ivie and Evan L. Ivie, GeneSys Foundation