Fw: Boycott Ellis Island Website
- Following message was forwarded from George Farkas to Jackye Sullins ... and then to me. I forward for those who are interested.
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Boycott Ellis Island Website http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/
Letter to the Ellis Island Records Org. and the National Park Service note * please copy and paste this letter to a new email and send one copy to: historycenter@... and one to the National Park Service at: stli_info@...
To whom it may concern,
I am also requesting that you restore 'right click' functionality to your website.
I will no longer donate to your organization, join your service or purchase products you offer.
I am also notifying the sponsors listed on your website that I will be boycotting their products and services until this situation is resolved.
Shame on you. This isn't how Ellis Island, the National Park Service or the memories of our ancestors should be represented.
(your sig and email addy)
Letter to the sponsors listed on the Ellis Island site. email addresses included at end of message.
To whom it may concern,
You are currently a sponsor listed on the Ellis Island Records website at: http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/ and this email is to inform you that I will be boycotting your products or services and urging my friends to do so also.
Until these issues are resolved and you remain a sponsor, I will no longer purchase your products, use any services you offer or visit your website. I am sincerely disappointed in the actions of the Ellis Island Records organization and am sorry it needs to reflect upon your company in such a negative manner.
(your sig and email addy)
note * please copy and paste this letter to a new email and send one copy to each of the sponsors listed below, I am sure some of these addresses wrapped, both lines are one single address.
Genealogy.com must be contacted on their website at:
Kodak must be contacted online at:
Discover Card has no email address, you need to send the message from
their website at: https://customerservice.novusnet.com/EMS/html/usemsform.html
Oracle must be contacted online:
- --- In jewishgenealogy2000@y..., Jeanne Gold <Groupie@d...> wrote:
>http://home.pacbell.net/spmorse/ellis/ellis.html . He offered many
other parameters to search the Ellis Island site and it was remarkably
user friendly in it's ease of use and search options. In fact it is
the front end that Ellis Island records should have offered to begin
with. Steve did a remarkable job and it's my opinion that he should
have been hired by them rather than be threatened by them since he
obviously has a much better grasp of what is actually needed than the
people that designed the site..html?webmaster.html
>a) I tried just downloading the form from the Google cache (i.e., the
stored version) at
I couldn't get it to work, but I don't know anything about Java, Java
Script, CGI, etc. If there are any hardcore Web folks out there, maybe
you could make pirate mirror versions of the Morse page.
b) It sounds as if the Ellis Island folks have been overly mean to
Steve Morse. The least they could have done would be to solve the
the Morse interface as an alternative to the regular Ellis Island
One question would be: does the Morse interface take up a lot more
computing time than the regular interface? If so, I could see why the
Ellis Island folks would be worried about it. But then, in that case,
the solution would be just to adopt the Morse interface as an
alternative interface and charge a subscription fee that would be high
enough to cover the cost of the extra computing time.
Anyhow, I hadn't heard about this dispute. Thank you for posting info
- First, to answer your question: the scripts and data used to produce
the Jewish only results can not be obtained from the cache.
Second, to update, I have a reply from genealogy.com:
Stephen Morse's search tool have been valuable aides in your research
and the research of others.
The current issue surrounding Mt. Morse's Web site has been closely
followed, monitored, and reported upon in the "Nu? What's New?"
newsletter published by Avotaynu.com. Recent issues include details
regarding this situation as well as responses from the Ellis Island
Please take a look at the following Web site for more information:
I hope this helps.
Paul Burchfield, Genealogy.com Technical Support
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Read the Avotaynu article -- it's *most* enlightening.
- --- In jewishgenealogy2000@y..., "digging4roots" <Groupie@d...> wrote:
> First, to answer your question: the scripts and data used to produceWell, it does sound as if the Ellis Island folks are being a bit
> the Jewish only results can not be obtained from the cache.
obnoxious. Maybe they feel they have to be like this to keep
Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, etc. at bay.
Anyhow, I think the best strategy would be a fundraiser boycott.
Instead of everyone completely abandoning the site, Morse supporters
could contribute $36 each to a special Ellis Island/Morse
supporter genealogy fund. Once Ellis Island allowed the Morse site to
return (at least, for folks who pay for an Ellis Island database
membership) then the Morse supporter fund would turn the cash over to
the Ellis Island folks. (Or maybe, if Ellis Island failed to budge,
the fund could pay its assets over to JewishGen.org after a couple of
That way, Morse supporters could make their views known in a way that
could ultimately help the Ellis Island site, which is, after all, a
Similarly, I think the best approach to frustration with JewishGen is
NOT to boycott it, in any way, but to make donations in honor of the
hope that it changes its ways and takes a more flexible approach to
mailing list moderation. (If you think it should take a more flexible
approach to moderation.)