“GenSmarts: The Best Genealogy Research Tool You Never Heard of,” by Del Ritchhart

February 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Virtual meeting via Zoom application

**NOTE – Meeting will be held using the Zoom conference application (https://zoom.us/). The meeting link will be provided to members by email shortly before the meeting. Non-members can RSVP to receive the link by contacting president@bouldergenealogy.org.”


GenSmarts is an application that interacts with your genealogy program and provides research suggestions using artificial intelligence analysis.  It develops a profile of the individuals in your program based on where and when they lived.  It then matches the profiles with GenSmart’s inventory of known records.  The program then makes predictions based on this comparison.  It is prioritized to highlight missing data and then provide suggestions for search. It will then search selected web sites for the missing data.

GenSmarts works with all the major genealogical programs and is compatible with Windows NT, Vista, XP, 98, 7 and 8 and 10.  Although it isn’t designed to work with the Mac, Mac users can use it.  They just need a virtualization software with a Windows VM (Virtual Machine) setup such as Parallels Desktop for Mac, VMWare Fusion, or VirtualBox, and generate a GEDCOM file from their Mac software, and then copy it over into the VM. Or use something like CrossOver from CodeWeavers, which makes it even easier since you aren’t loading a full VM session.

The presentation will familiarize you with the capabilities of GenSmarts, demonstrate some of the major features of the application, and provide tips on using the program in conjunction with online research and trips to libraries, archives and other repositories.


Del began researching his family history in 1994.  He served in leadership positions in several San Diego genealogy organizations; including President, Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego and Program Director, San Diego Genealogical Society.  He was Chair of The Working Group for soliciting Sponsors, Exhibitors and Advertisers for the June 2019 International German Genealogy Partnership Conference held in Sacramento.  He currently leads the German Study Group for the Larimer County Genealogical Society and is Secretary of the Longs Peak Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Del has given over 120 genealogy presentations to numerous groups in the Southern California and Northern Colorado areas in the past nine years.  He published, “Breathing Life Into My Family Ancestors” in late 2011 and published his second book “Ordinary People Who Accomplished the Extraordinary—Our Immigrant Ancestors and Their Descendants” in November 2019.