You have given me something to really think about! I am also a serious genealogist and have been researching for just over 30 years. Like you, I have donated a book I had privately published to several libraries. I have also donated some of the results of my research to be posted at another website to be used by others. The purpose I bought the computer and the program I ultimately chose was solely to publish a book I have been working on since the early 1980's.
I made a long-distance phone call to The New York Genealogy & Biographical Society and spoke with the Asst. Archivist of their library. I told him of my plans for the book and also told him I did not want to produce a book that would be obvious it was "popped out of the computer using FTM." I asked what program he could recommend I use for the very purpose of publishing a good, well documented book. He recommended several good programs including UFT and TMG. One of which I ultimately purchased a few weeks later.
I DO NOT want my book(s) "stolen" by the folks at FTM or their other subsidiaries. Would copywriting stop these people or do they simply ignore copywrite laws? Please help, I need an answer to this prior to publication. I will delay it, if need be. I was planning to have it ready by the end of the year 2000.
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