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Re: *** ATTENTION ALL SEAMANS RESEARCHERS **
Posted by: Mark W. Seamans Date: July 30, 2001 at 19:46:25
In Reply to: Re: *** ATTENTION ALL SEAMANS RESEARCHERS ** by Cheryl waterman of 503

Michael:

Cheryl is right. As of now I have 70 footnotes to either augment or correct the
SFA. I have not counted but there are probably 12 people who have sent me information that is STILL not in the "http://home.swbell.net/bunny-/" homepage for the Seamans family. Right now I have 3,478 names in my indexes that I am working on right now. When complete the indexes will put the SFA to shame. The idea of a new book sounds good since 70 years has
passed, but if you are reading this note then
you are a participant in exactly why a new
book is not needed. The sharing of information over the internet is what Lawton
and Haviland only dreamed of. Think of it;
Haviland probably got most of her 1920's information from the mail, much of it handwritten. Cut-n-paste was with Elmers, and long distance was a string with 2 cans. Now Cheryl can send me a file over the internet and I can paste it into my browser 3,000 miles away, then she can see the updated "book" that afternoon. Try that with the offset press. I would be honored to author a new SFA, but the demand would have to be there and even then we still have the internet to compete with. Would you rather
take a book and spend 15 minutes thumbing through it to find your family, or would you like to click 9 mouse clicks, see it on your terminal and then print? My tone is that of understanding; everyone feels better with a paper copy, and I can see both sides of the question, I just feel that the method of sharing, speed, and convenience ends up on the side of html and the internet.

Respectfully;

Mark W. Seamans
Thomas, John, William, William, Isaac, Julian, George, Percy, Charles.


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