Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith is a freelance writer creating both fiction and non-fiction products primarily related to family history and genealogy and heritage tourism as well as other topics. He is a retired university Business School Professor Emeritus who has lived and traveled all across the United States but considers the Heartland of America home and his writing reflects this spirit. His primary blog (of five) is Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories where you may find contact information and links to the other blogs.
Dr. Bill enjoys writing on various platforms, including blogs (5), novels (2 and counting), non-fiction books and ebooks (5 and counting), Examiner.com (three topics), Squidoo.com (126 lens and counting), and a monthly column for The In-Depth Genealogist digi-mag.
His long-term favorite writing project is the development of “The Homeplace Series” where a fictional world is being created based on his family history studies, hometown and life experiences. This project began with his first novel, “Back to the Homeplace,” and has now become a transmedia project (including a wiki and more) in collaboration with his daughter, Dr. Annette Lamb. The next publication relates to the founding of the Homeplace prior to the Civil War in the southern Missouri Ozarks.
He and his wife, Nancy, live in a little log cabin in the southern Missouri Ozarks, but visit their family regularly, both nearby and in Iowa, Texas, Utah and elsewhere.
Dr. Bill Smith is the author of IDG’s monthly column, The Heritage Tourist.
Go In-Depth with Dr. Bill Smith:
What is one tip you would give a newbie genealogist?
Take the time, and the pride, to enter each person individually from your research into your database so that you have that ‘feeling of connection’ with each person you enter. Dates will remind you of others with similar numbers, for example. Typing out the full name will help you be more likely to remember it. You will recognize where there is missing information and can immediately enter it on your To Do List. Each of these will help you with your further research. Do not copy mass information from trees created by others directly to yours that you are creating… if you do, you will later be sorry that you did.
What is the most creative way you have shared your ancestor stories?
Several creative ways are included in my book, “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories.” One way I have added since writing the book is the use of Squidoo.com lenses – individual web pages on that writing platform. They reach an entirely new audience, and often encourage others to begin their own family history research [See: "Explore Your Family History - A True Learning Experience" and "Family History and Genealogy Lensography of Dr. Bill" for examples.]
What are your feelings about adding non-blood related lines into your research? (ie…adoptive, step families, etc…)
It is very important to include consideration of all members of the extended family of each family we examine in our family history research. It is also important that the relationships be properly recorded and documented so as not to confuse yourself or any others who may be looking at your research. Choosing software that allows for proper recording of these relationships is something each of us can do to improve our documentation.
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Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith is a freelance writer creating both fiction and non-fiction products primarily related to family history and genealogy and heritage tourism as well as other topics. He is a retired university Business School Professor Emeritus who has lived and traveled all across the United States but considers the Heartland of America home and his writing reflects this spirit. His primary blog (of five) is Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories (http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/) where you may find contact information and links to the other blogs. Dr. Bill is a Contributing Writer for The In-Depth Genealogist online at www.theindepthgenealogist.com.
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