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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Couple Fights for Custody of GenWeb Site

A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]
Two years after Roger and Jen Morey were married, they decided to adopt a county as part of the Illinois GenWeb Project. Now the couple is engaged in a bitter dispute over who will retain custody of the Wallace County genealogy website once their divorce is finalized.

"The adoption was all my idea," insists Jen. "I quit my job as a manicurist so I could spend more time with the site. Just look how much it's grown since then!"

Roger, she says, was excited about the adoption at first, but quickly lost interest when he realized how much work was involved.

"He doesn't care about the site. Sure," she says, "sometimes he'll play with it on the weekends. But when he comes home from work he never wants to hear about what's happened with it during the day."

For his part, Roger says his soon-to-be-ex-wife is unfit to look after their website.

"Once I came home and found she'd gone out shopping and left the site unattended. There were three queries waiting to be posted, and the dead links hadn't been weeded out in months. I'd rather permanently delete it than hand it over to a woman that irresponsible."

The issue will be resolved by State Coordinator Daniel Burns early next week. He would not comment on the specifics of the case, but did say that in such matters the "best interests of the project figure largely." Whatever his decision, the Moreys have both pledged to maintain their links to the website.

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