Looking for facial recognition software that will compare two photos I have.

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There is a longstanding rumor that President Lincoln was not a Lincoln at all but the son of one Abraham Enloe/Enlow of North Carolina.  I have a digital image of Abe's 1st cousin Jacob, son of Thomas Lincoln's brother Josiah, seen on Jacob's profile as well as on a website of my own.  This page has a side-by-side of the two men.  While Jacob was much older than Abe in their respective photos, and his mouth appears affected by stroke, I think their likeness is considerable :

https://lincolnmythsandrumors.house-of-lynn.com/LincolnsParentage.html

However, I recently heard from yet another follower of the Enloe myth trying to persuade me of their story.  This fellow claims an undeniable likeness between Abe and a female member of the Enloe family, which is what prompts me to want facial recognition software for Abe and Jacob.
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From a pure technology perspective, you will be able to find quite a few different software options that can do basic facial recognition and photo comparisons. In this case, similar looking people may "matched". This is like the Facebook algorithm that tried to match names to photos of friends; however, these are highly flawed (e.g., a picture of my daughter always tags my wife).

Additionally, the level at which these types of software will operate will pale in comparison to forensic software, which is still not 100% accurate. NIST has evaluated algorithms that can obtain over 99.5% accuracy matching a person in multiple images; however, this is only under ideal conditions (such as using multiple high resolution photos of both subject and targets). But you have to note, these are designed to identify one person (not make a possible match between two people).

So while the historical background and speculation as to Lincoln's true birth parents may be interesting (we love genealogy and making these links after all), I think what you are trying to accomplish would probably result in even more speculation.

Also note, researchers who spend their life on this type of work will not even try facial recognition/matching in this situation...
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