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Sunday, November 15, 2009

How to Tell Your Ancestor Stories

The first final draft was just sent off to the printers for a review copy of "How to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" by Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith. Stop back here regularly for information on when it can be ordered.

Back cover copy:

Do you have family history and ancestor stories collected and researched?
Do you want to share them and tell your stories, but don't know how?

This book is your answer.

Preservation and interpretation of your ancestor stories will occur most effectively if each of us use multiple approaches to telling our ancestor stories to our families and interested others. This is the purpose of this book.

The content of our telling of ancestor stories includes your life as well as the lives of your two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, sixteen great-great grandparents, etc., and their sibling, aunts, uncles and cousins. Ancestor stories include the social context in which these folks lived, their clothes, their farms or ranches, their religion (or not), their occupations, their loves and antagonisms, their education (or not), their friends and neighbors, and the mundane details of their daily lives.

“Telling a story about an ancestor can be a gift to oneself and to one’s family. It is powerful to have your stories heard.” Judy Kitsune

Happy Reading! ;-)

Dr. Bill


  1. I will look forward to reading your book. There was an article in my hometown paper today "Preserve your loved one's memories and moments" I was excited that the local paper even had an article on this! I posted the link on my blog. About six months ago I interviewed my Grandmother, she is 94, and when I was done I wrote it as a memoir. I am not a writer nor an interviewer but I did the best I could.

  2. Good for you, Kathleen.
    We each need to find ways...
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Congrats on the Kreativ Blogger award from!! Neat! I'll be anxious to see your "seven things!"