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Subject: [APG] Steve Morse/IGG/GGG
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 01:14:44 EDT
As a founding member of the Italian Genealogical Group, I would like to
clarify an email that was sent regarding problems with the use of Steve Morse's
One-Step website to access databases on the Italian Genealogical Group's website.
Neither IGG nor GGG blocked people from accessing our databases through Steve
Morse's site. The problem occurred because of the systematic methods used by
Steve Morse to obtain information from our website. He has allowed many many
people to use the site in such a way that it overwhelmed it. Our ISP provider
crashed which affected not only our two organizations but all of his other
clients. He therefore banned Morse's access.
We have now had to get a larger provider at a greater cost. It is important
to understand, however, that by using Steve Morse's site people can obtain
their data without going through the previous IGG pages. These pages explain what
the work we do in assembling these databases which have millions of records
from the New York area. They pass by the requests for donations which is needed
to keep adding the databases online and for volunteers without whom these
records could not be assembled. If you have ever visited our website
_www.italiangen.org_ (http://www.italiangen.org) you readily understand that this is a
big undertaking for two small genealogical societies. We cannot do this without
help. Therefore, while we would like to accommodate everyone's use of Steve
Morse's site, it does come at a cost to us. If the donations and volunteers dry
up, we may have to remove or restrict the databases.
We are not the bad guys and wanted to explain the situation to all.
June C. DeLalio, CG
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