Stephen P.   Morse, Ph.D.

Creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. In his other life he is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086, which sparked the PC revolution 30 years ago.


June 28, 2013
2:30 pm : One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools

(Beginner) The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterward it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 200 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 give the highlights of each one. Login First

3:50 pm : One-Step Webpages: A Hodgepodge of Lesser-Known Gems

(All Levels) This is a sequel to the Potpourri talk (see details for that talk). There are too many utilities on the One-Step website to be covered in a single talk, so many of them found their way to the cutting room floor when the Potpourri talk was being edited. However several of those are quite useful. This talk describes those gems that you might not otherwise be aware of. They range from problems with genealogical searches to problems with identity theft to problems with DNA. Login First

June 29, 2013
10:00 am : Phonetic Matching: An Alternative to Soundex with Fewer False Hits

(Advanced) Searching for names in large databases containing spelling variations has always been a problem. One solution, known as soundex, is to encode each name into a number such that names that sound alike will encode to the same number. The search would then be based on finding matching numbers, which results in finding all names that sound like the target name.

The "sounds-alike" criteria used in soundex is based on the spelling, with no regard to how the name might be pronounced in a particular language. The phonetic encoding described here incorporates rules for determining the language based on the spelling of the name, along with pronunciation rules for the common languages. This has the advantage of eliminating matches that might appear to "sound alike" under the pure spelling criteria of soundex but are phonetically quite unrelated.

This work was developed jointly by Alexander Beider and Stephen Morse. Login First

11:20 am : Deep Linking and Deeper Linking: How I get the most out of existing Search Applications

(All Levels) Deep linking provides a means of optimizing the information extracted from existing third-party websites in general, and from search applications in particular. Various means of deep linking are introduced such as URL editing, using search forms, and placing a man in the middle. These are the very techniques that are used by many of the tools on the One-Step website.

Then the tables are turned and methods of blocking others from deep linking to your website are described. The legalities of deep linking are also discussed.

The purpose is not to make you an expert at improving other people's websites. Rather it is to expose you to the techniques that were used on the One-Step website and give you a better appreciation for what is there and how to use it. As such, no knowledge of webpage programming is required. However, if you have such knowledge you will be able to apply the ideas presented here yourself. Login First