Two Talks by Stephen Morse – May 10, 2008

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May Membership Meeting
Please note the earlier start time!

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway at 22nd, Oakland.

Please join us for two special talks by Dr. Stephen P. Morse.

“What Color Ellis Island Search Form Should I Use?”

& “The Jewish Calendar Demystified”

CGS members will have double the pleasure when popular speaker Steve Morse returns in May.

Steve’s first talk will describe the evolution of the One-Step Ellis Island Web site to the One-Step Web Pages. In April 2001 the Ellis Island ship manifests and passenger records went online. A few weeks later the One-Step Ellis Island website was created to make this resource easier to use. Since that time the One-Step site has been greatly expanded to include new search capabilities and an array of color-coded search forms.

He will describe the evolution of the website from both a historical and a practical perspective, and provide a beacon for navigating through this color maze.

Dr. Morse’s second lecture is a tongue-in-cheek but factual description of the Jewish Calendar as seen through the eyes of Adam and Eve. Because it is both a solar and lunar calendar, the rules that govern it can be a bit daunting. This piece was recently published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly which reflects its general appeal. It’s not just for people doing Jewish genealogy – and is a very humorous talk!



  1. Thomas MacEntee  April 11, 2008

    Oh I am so jealous! Just as I said to Randy at Genea-Musings about the great sessions at Chula Vista Historical Society, you snagged a great speaker.

    Has there been any talk of making this or any future session a podcast? This way others outside of your area could benefit.

  2. Kathryn Doyle  April 11, 2008

    Ah, Thomas, yes! This idea of podcasts or online video seminars is one that is being discussed at the society, especially among the Strategic Planning Committee. We just need to find the tech-knowledgeable person to help us! Is there a “how-to” guru you can point us to?