24 January 2008

Florida: Tech guru Steve Morse, Feb. 10-13-17

One of genealogy's most innovative gurus doesn't often appear in Florida, but Dr. Stephen P. Morse will highlight some of the more than 100 web-based tools on his One-Step site, during three South Florida appearances.

Check these websites for details, directions and more:

10am, Sunday, February 10
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Miami.

1pm, Wednesday, February 13
Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County
South County Civic Center, Delray Beach.

1pm, Sunday, February 17
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County, the Genealogical Society of Broward County and Nova Southeastern University
Knight Auditorium, Nova Southeastern University, Davie

These are must-see events for everyone interested in learning about techniques and tools to make the quest for roots much easier.

The San Francisco resident will present “One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools," describe the range of available tools and provide highlights of each.

Morse attracted worldwide attention with his One-Step method for searching the Ellis Island Database and the 1930 United States census. Shortly after the Ellis Island Foundation website opened - and his own frustration with its search engine - he created an alternative way to more efficiently extract Ellis Island records.

He's also developed various One-Step methods for Searching for Ships in the Morton Allan Directory, Searching the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Obtaining Birthdays in One Step, Jewish Calendar Conversion Program, Generating Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex Codes, and Generating American Soundex Codes. The complete list of more than 100 tools in 13 categories, with instructions, can be found here.

Morse is a computer professional best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 microprocessor (grandfather of today’s Pentium processor) which sparked the PC revolution 20 years ago. He has a PhD in electrical engineering.

He's been interested in genealogy from a very young age and researching his Russian-Jewish origins has led him to develop these remarkable programs beneficial to all genealogists.

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