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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions!

Describe and analyze your historical photos, easily, to enhance your family history!

I am still in the process of testing out and using various AI platforms for different tasks, as some work out for certain tasks better than others, in my genealogical world. I recently tested out  photo descriptions in the new FREE version of ChatGPT-4o to see the difference between the ones I had done in Microsoft Copilot a few months ago, in which you can check out those results in “AI in Genealogy: Microsoft Copilot for Historical Photos!”. Until ChatGPT-4o came out just a couple of weeks ago, you could not upload images with the free version at that time, ChatGPT 3.5. Keep in mind that as of this post, there is a significant limit in uploads in the free version of ChatGPT-4o, depending on peak times, etc., and will vary. When I tested this feature within the first few days it became available, I was only able to upload 3 photos for descriptions, then my limit was reached. I was in “limit jail” for 3 days until I could use the upload feature again. Check out the fantastic results below for describing photos with the free version of ChatGPT-4o, giving you yet another way to use AI in genealogy!

Results of ChatGPT-4o Historical Photo Descriptions

​In the following examples below, I had used photos concerning my 2nd great grandfather to test this free feature.

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ChatGPT-4o AI Historical Photo Descriptions in Genealogy- Example 1

​The only prompt I had used for this was “Describe this photo in detail”, in which it churned out fantastic results!

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 1

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 1-2

ChatGPT-4o AI Historical Photo Descriptions in Genealogy- Example 2

Once again, the only prompt I had used for this was “Describe this photo in detail”, in which it again churned out fantastic results!

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 2

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 2-2

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 2-3

ChatGPT-4o AI Historical Photo Descriptions in Genealogy- Example 3

Yet again, the only prompt I had used for this was “Describe this photo in detail”, in which again it churned out fantastic results, with nothing other than a simple prompt!

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 3

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 3-2

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 3-3

ChatGPT-4o AI Historical Photo Descriptions in Genealogy- Example 4

For this example, I decided to create a second prompt to help ChatGPT out with the family member description and time period it had churned out for the last example. I provided names, along with the time it was taken and where, thus making it more personal and adding context to enhance my ancestor’s family photo and family history. The prompt I used for this was: This photo was taken in Albany, Missouri 1894 and includes my 2nd great grandparents: Samuel and Mary Harriet Steinman and their children from eldest to youngest: Ralph Waldo, Lillie Ethel, Edmond Cole (my great grandfather), and Arthur Olander.

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 4

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 4-2

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AI in Genealogy: ChatGPT-4o for Historical Photo Descriptions- Example 4-3

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