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