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From: "Melinde Sanborn" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Re; FTM and natural
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 16:13:30 -0500
My question correctly assumes that people who submit genealogical articles
to me do use programs to produce them. The program designer's intentions are
beyond my purview as are the submitters' skills in manipulating the
programs. I often don't know which program was used, for that matter.
Submissions I recognize as program-produced all have required major
editorial intervention. Since I can't tell which program was used or what
level user the author might be, I wanted to know if any had won an award. If
that had happened, I would assume that perhaps some of the article
submissions I see and do "not" recognize as program-produced are actually
more successful programs or better skilled users at work.
I've not seen Dr. Quirke's book and will look for it. As a ghost-writer of
many titles it is of substantial interest to me that someone can use a
program to produce and then personally do "minor editing and formatting" to
create an award-winning book. We usually encourage people not to be their
own editors - even other editors. This is not a trick to create full
employment for editors, but rather an established and safe way to catch
errors (an editor never tells). With TGM as a partner, Dr. Quirke says he
When you looked at Dr. Quirke's published book, were you able to recognize
TGM structures, or was it seamless even to you?
I have been a TGM user for almost a decade. I've recommended it to
countless, literally countless genealogists. I use it to produce kick-***
charts that adorn the fly-leaves of books and the walls of happy clients.
I've never used it to write a book or article.
>I enjoy this thread each time it comes up. Can anyone tell me if an
>award-winning genealogical article or book has ever been completely
>constructed in one of the major genealogical programs?
Your question falsely assumes that they are *designed* to be used that way.
But to answer your larger question, the NGS 2006 "Award for
Excellence: Genealogy and Family History (published book)" was won by
Terence T. Quirke, Jr., Ph.D., F.I.G.R.S. for his book, "Quirke
Genealogy and Family History of Clonmel, County Tipperary,