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.