Adam Israel is a software engineer at Canonical, Ltd. His professional interests include benchmarking, performance tuning, cloud computing, network function virtualization, neural networks, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things.
Adam is also husband to Andrea Redman, an immigrant to Canada, a published author, and an amateur genealogist. His interests include, but are not limited to, writing, building models, and fixing broken things.
Clarion Writers Workshop, 2010
University of California - San Diego
Children's Literature, Creative Writing, Holocaust Literature, 2005
College of DuPage
My 4th great-grandmother, Frances Croft (1796-1884) was a bit of a mystery. Prior to her marriage to Amos Appleyard (1793-1869), all I’d found was record of her baptism, to parents Michael and Mary Croft, but I was determined to break through that genealogical brick wall.
I belong to a few handfuls of mailing list, message forum, and Facebook group dedicated to Genealogy. Every so often, someone discovers that a picture, story, or details from their ancestor has been copied and added to a stranger’s family tree and is very upset. Often, their reaction is to make their research private, so no one can see it.
It’s an understandable feeling; genealogy is a very personal effort. You’re spelunking into your own history. It’s natural to feel protective of it, but that instinct may deprive others of their history.
A project for aiding genealogists by providing research hints, tips and tools by employing pattern matching, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in the analysis of genealogical data contained in a GEDCOM file.