Thom Carlson wrote:
Hello, Sue! I'm one of the directors of the Benton County Historical
Society, and have just accessed your webpage for the first time.
I hope that we will also be able to make more materials available to
you to put on the web. I have a scanner here at home that I'm just
learning to use, and am intending on getting some decent OCR software
for it soon. We have started the project of putting our cemetery files
into a computer database, and I may be able to send you those
files--there is here, however, a question of approval by the Board of
Directors, the issue being whether or not there should be a charge for
this material, given the massive amount of volunteer effort that went
into the original transcriptions and the subsequent effort of typing it
all into the database.
I look forward to working with you on this fine project.
Welcome! I agree with your opinion of Sue's work on the IAGenWeb Benton
County site. She is doing a wonderful job!
It's great when Historical and Genealogical Societies want to work with
the USGenWeb Project. Cooperation can benefit both the researchers AND
the societies. Most societies are seeing their membership increasing
due to exposure on the various USGenWeb pages. Those societies that
post surname indexes to some of their publications are particularly
noticing increased sales in that area, as people are much more likely to
purchase a volume when they know their surnames of interest are
This list is fairly quiet most of the time, but many are working on
various projects, like federal census trascriptions, to post at the
Benton County site, so don't let the lack of e-mail lead you to believe
there isn't interest! :-)
Again, welcome, and we'll look forward to working with you as well.