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Genealogy Insider: Intelligent Character Recognition Software
7/2/2014
A new technology could bring you more searchable genealogy records, faster than ever.
Last fall, Genealogy website Mocavo announced that its handwriting recognition technology was working at 90 to 95 percent accuracy. Cliff Shaw, Mocavo’s CEO, called this the “Holy Grail” of the genealogy industry, “the single largest technological advancement,” except perhaps the internet, to “enable more content to become accessible online."

Computer recognition of old handwriting is indeed a game changer for an industry that still relies on armies of volunteer indexers to make records searchable online. Even if the technology only semiautomates the indexing process, it’ll unlock billions of records much faster than what's now possible.
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