Session 1: 1:30-2:30 pm
Session 2: 3:00-4:00 pm
Please note the special date and time for this program!
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
Case Study: A Complete Genealogy Starting From Nothing
Presented by Steve Morse
Session 1: One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search
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
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,
To register for Session 2 only,
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
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 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.