Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


Upcoming Programs

The remaining 2021 programs are scheduled on Zoom , but space is limited, and priority will be given to members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.
The December program will be available to non-members at no cost, but there will be a nominal fee for non-members who wish to attend the November program.
Advance Registration is required for each program and must be requested by noon on the day of the program.

November 14,

Session 1: 1:30-2:30 pm
Session 2: 3:00-4:00 pm

Please note the special date and time for this program!

Web Based

2-part program in partnership with the
Case Western Reserve University
Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program

One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting From Nothing
Presented by Steve Morse

Stephen Morse

Session 1: One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools

The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years, it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay This presentation will describe the range of tools available and highlights of each.

Session 2: Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting From Nothing

This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspelling and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 40 years ago.

NOTE: This program will be free for members of
Siegal Lifelong Learning and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
There will be a charge of $5.00 for each session for other attendees.

Registration will be managed online by Case Western Reserve University-Siegal Lifelong Learning.
To register for Session 1 only, Click here.  
To register for Session 2 only, Click here.
 In either case, follow the instructions to register for the session, then click the "Checkout" link to complete your registration.
To attend both sessions, you must register for EACH session, before you click the "Checkout" link..

You may also register by phone at 216-368-2090 or 216-368-2091

December 1,
7:00 pm

Web Based

Annual Meeting and Election of 2022 Officers and Directors

Using Facial Recognition Tools to Identify Unnamed Ancestors for Genealogical Research
Presented by Scott Genzer

Photographs have always been a genealogical challenge because, unlike more conventional sources such as vital records, they do not impart clear data. Most often we simply attach the picture to our trees and then leave it there. However in early 2019 I developed a new technique that shows how to use facial recognition via artificial intelligence / machine learning methods to identify unknown people in photographs using large libraries of passport-like images currently available online. With facial recognition, genealogists can generate new clues with statistical probabilities from old photos that have never before been available. This presentation will be an elaboration and detailed demonstration of this technique previously published in the fall issue of Avotaynu. [A PDF copy of the article will be available on request.]

Scott Genzer

Scott Genzer is an amateur genealogist who has spent two decades researching his family tree, particularly his paternal branch from Mielec, Poland. During the day, he is a data scientist at RapidMiner, a software company based in Boston, MA. Scott lives in Norwich, Vermont, with his wife and two daughters.