Some of the twitter around Douglas Kennard's FHT09 presentation ("Word-
Spotting for Automatic Tag Suggestion in the BYU Historic Journals
Project") has got me thinking about mining genealogy sites for names
that occur within a text.
In particular, I'd like to programmatically search for people matching
name X, who would have been alive in date Y in location Z. After
identifying that person, I'd also want to traverse their siblings,
children, aunts and uncles for suggested matches to other names within
Does anyone have recommendations for open websites or APIs for pulling
this sort of data from? (I've investigated the FamilySearch API, but
the TOS bars users who are not members of the LDS church).
More information about Douglas Kennard's project should be presented
at JCDL 2009.