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Genealogist series starts next week

Steve Morse will lead a lecture series for local genealogists.  -
Steve Morse will lead a lecture series for local genealogists.
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A partnership between the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society and the Jefferson County Genealogical Society is bringing a special series of lectures by Steve Morse to local genealogists.

Morse, creator of the One-Step Website at, has received many awards for the One-Step Website, including the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, and the Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Morse’s presentations in the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula area will give tips on best ways to use the One-Step website.

The site started out as an aid for finding passenger names in the Ellis Island database. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 200 web-based tools. Searches are easily launched for Census data, ship manifests, ship pictures, vital records, DNA migration mapping, and just about any question posed when seeking information about ancestors.

Morse will give two 45-minute programs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, June 20 at the Bainbridge Island Library.

The first, “One-Step Webpages: A Hodgepodge of Lesser-Known Gems,” will cover many of the utilities available on the One-Step website. Subjects range from basic genealogical searches to problems with identity theft to problems with DNA.

The second session, “Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman” presents a case study using the one-step webpages. It illustrates how with a minimal amount of information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.

And at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum, Morse will present “One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools.” Covering the site’s web-based tools for genealogical searches, this presentation will describe the range of resources available and give the highlights of each.

Among his accomplishments, Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate in electrical engineering and is known in that field as architect of the Intel 8086 chip, which sparked the PC revolution.

“Steve Morse is an internationally renowned technical wizard who helped get PCs off the ground and then turned his attention to his own genealogical interests,” noted Ann Candioto, chairwoman of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s education committee.

For more information and updates on lectures offered in the months ahead, check the websites of the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society at and Jefferson County Genealogical Society website at


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