Several state censuses were taken in New York starting from 1790. The most valuable for genealogical purposes are the 1905, 1915, and 1925 censuses because that was a time of large influx of immigration. Numerous assorted aids existed for navigating through those censuses, but they were often hard to use, covered only specific years or boroughs, and not available at all libraries. The One-Step Website rectifies that situation by putting a universal finding aid online that covers all New York City boroughs in each of the three census years. This presentation describes the One-Step approach and contrasts it with previous methods.
Speaker Steve 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 IAJGS, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the 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, and written four textbooks and holds four patents.