Since I presented five classes at the Jamboree myself, and had a booth in the vendor’s hall, and spent a lot of time helping attendees with their own special research challenges, that did not leave me with much time to attend the classes.
Dr. Steve Morse of San Francisco is a computer guru for Netscape. He and his friends designed and launched the search utility that simplified access to Ellis Island data, and he spoke on his One Step website today. What many genealogists, including me, do not know is that this remarkable site has some 150 different search tools–to connect you to your ancestry faster and make your searches easier and more effective: vital records, passenger lists, naturalizations, calendars, family relationships, and many other genealogy sources and research skills.
So I attended his sessions to see him demonstrate his One Step tools. I had visited his website before, searched for immigrants who came to the US through Ellis Island. I even did a Genealogy News Sheet post on what I discovered. And I am amazed at the speed data is captured. We are the beneficiaries of hundreds of hours of highly skilled and polished computer volunteers–people who stepped forward when Dr. Morse needed help with specific tasks or resources.
I invite you to check out this website: http://www.stevemorse.org And take advantage of One Step access to some of the most important genealogy records on the internet. I am so glad Steve Morse came to Jamboree 2008., Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://www.arleneeakle.com