Copyright does not work that way.
It is not possible to copyright a historical set of circumstances or what people said or did
Copyright comes into existence when something is written such as an article, book etc and applies to that piece or writing.However there is nothing to stop you writing about the same situation as long as you do not copy the original piece.
I hope this clarifies the situation. If I have missed something or you have further points please reply
Thanks very much that is clear enough. So I assume that no one can somehow register ownership over my family story etc, but could write a piece about it which would then be subject to copyright. But this would not stop me from using the same set of data to write my own story if I wanted to.
Nonetheless I should take care in this researching exercise as it seems that there are would be authors out there who latch into these sites to get info and ideas for their own work.
Yes, that is correct.
From what you say someone pinching the idea seems the greatest risk so you need to make sure yours is the first book on the subject!
Indeed. Many thanks for your advice. Happy Christmas to you and family
You are welcome, the seasons greetings to you and your family.