A Summary of GenSmarts Capabilities
On July 2, 2013 I mentioned that I had recently recognized that I hadn't used GenSmarts for a long time and no longer had it on my computer. I subsequently did a little more research and was pleasantly surprised to learn that their subscription has no time limitations, thus; I could reload it, update to the latest version and begin using again. The program works with most of the major genealogy software programs, including Family Tree Maker (FTM), which I use. As I mentioned in my July 2 blog, GenSmarts is basically an artificial intelligence system that scans all of the data for those in your data base and suggests searches you should make for missing data. It lists the specific piece of information (such as a death date) and then suggests where you might find that information (Social Security Death Index).
When I had it search my FTM program of 8304 persons, it came up with 37,594 suggestions--an overwhelming number. By default, the suggestions are listed in order of priority--from highest to lowest. I am not sure what criteria the program uses for establishing priorities and will have to follow up with that information. There are a number of filters with the program that allow you to narrow your search to provide a more manageable number of responses and to focus on specific ancestors of interest. When you set up the program you indicate on-line genealogy search sites to which you have a subscription. You can update this list as you choose when you add or cancel subscriptions. When I selected GenSmarts to only display the suggestions that were available to me online, the number was reduced to 19, 941, still too many to effectively handle. When I modified the search to provide only direct ancestors it was further reduced to 990. One can then modify the list of suggestions such that they are displayed alphabetically by surname. By doing that, you can focus on specific individuals within surnames of interest. Probably even better, you can select specific individuals, or family lines that you want scanned for suggestions.
|Search by Subset of Individuals|
|All Suggestions Sorted by Surname|
|Records Sorted by Source (Family History Library)|
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with GenSmarts nor do I receive any compensation from them. My comments are my own opinions.