2023 Opening Ceremony


National Family History Month - Opening Ceremony

Topic:  Artificial Intelligence

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is a professor of heritage and digital humanities at the University of New England as well as the CEO of digital History Tasmania. An author of several award-winning books, Hamish works on the history of crime, health and work with a particular emphasis on convict transportation to Australia. He was instrumental in the creation of the Diploma in Family History at the University of Tasmania and continues to work closely with family historians to increase access to archives through the application of digital techniques.

Andrew Redfern is a passionate family historian and technology enthusiast. He began researching his family tree in the mid 1980s, and since then has developed a deep interest in how technology can enhance the way we explore and preserve our family histories. Recently, Andrew has become interested in the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning to aid family historians. He has been exploring various AI-powered tools and software that can assist in genealogical research and is excited about the possibilities they offer.