"Morse Adds New Capability to Ellis Island Database Search
When the Mormon volunteers extracted the Ellis Island Database and found
they could not read the initial letter of an immigrant's last name, they
substituted ellipses (...) for the letter. This consigned your ancestor to
oblivion because the ellisisland.org site does not permit searching with
non-alphabetic characters. Stephen P. Morse has resolved the problem by
permitting searches without a last name at his One-Step site, http://stevemorse.org."