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Mcdonald Tales: (Ep. 1-26) 1833-1892 By Dr. Bill Smith
eBook (ePub): $1.29
These 26 episodes of McDonald Tales re-examine the early days of the McDonald family in the Oak Creek valley of the Southern Missouri Ozarks with an eye toward better understanding the strong... More > commitment the family had to “The Homeplace” over more than a century and how the land was accumulated and consolidated into the farm that was the subject of “Back to the Homeplace,” the first novel of The Homeplace Saga. Daniel McDonald married Jane Truesdale, a strong and independent woman, and the stories here are told from their perspective and that of their son, William, the grandfather of Mildred (McDonald) Bevins who created the “Back to the Homeplace” novel’s infamous ‘video will.’ We examine their little family closely and share how they related to extended family members as well as members of their community. Along the way, these episodes in their lives add depth to the overall Homeplace Saga series of family saga, historical fiction stories.< Less
The Kings of Oak Springs: 1882 - 1885, Vol. 4 By Dr. Bill Smith
eBook (ePub): $1.29
Volume 4 of “The Kings of Oak Springs” ebooks is a compilation of Episodes 41-60 of "The Kings of Oak Springs" series of family saga, historical fiction stories that are a part... More > of "The Homeplace Saga" stories originally published on HubPages, on line. The Episodes have been renumbered Episodes 61-80 in order to follow Vol. 3 numbering conventions. Volume 4 returns to stories of the King family and the Oak Springs community, from their viewpoint, for the period of 1882-1885. Particular attention does include the activities of the McDonald family and other founding families of the community, as well. We hope you will be able to identify with some of the good folks in Oak Springs as you explore your own family history.< Less
The Kings of Oak Springs: Aug 1877 Thru 1881 - Vol. 3 By Dr. Bill Smith
eBook (ePub): $1.29
Volume 3 of “The Kings of Oak Springs” ebooks is a compilation of Episodes OS1-20 of “The Life in Oak Springs” series of stories that immediate followed, chronologically, the... More > first 40 episodes of "The Kings of Oak Springs" series of family saga, historical fiction stories that are a part of "The Homeplace Saga" stories (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2). Originally published on HubPages, on line, this compilation as an eBook makes the stories more easily accessible to a wider reader base. Volume 3 is distinctive in that it takes a broader view of the life in and growth of Oak Springs than just the King family viewpoint. Also, it is actually a month by month chronology of the growth of the community. Here, we really get to see a small town community grow, have growing pains, and prosper through good times as well as difficult times during these months and years. We hope you will be able to identify with some of the good folks in Oak Springs as you explore your own family history.< Less
Weston Wagons West: Levi Weston, L1-20 (1823-1874) By Dr. Bill Smith
eBook (ePub): $1.99
This volume of 20 episodes is a part of both the “Weston Wagons West” and “The Homeplace Saga” suites of family saga, historical fictions stories of the author. Jacob Weston... More > marries and moved to St. Louis where he and his wife, Dinah have a son, Levi. These 20 episodes follow the story of Levi Weston from birth in St. Louis to Jefferson City. There Levi and his family meet Jake Patton and Levi decides to move and to Oak Springs, Missouri. The story chronicles the impact of the Civil War on Central Missouri as well as the devastation of the Oak Creek valley and the reconstruction of the town of Oak Springs. Meet the people that Levi meets both before and after the Civil War. This is a story of loyalty and determination set against the backdrop of the settlement of a rural community in the Southern Missouri Ozarks.< Less
Weston Wagons West: Md to Iowa Kinnick Migration, J1-20 (1640-1919) By Dr. Bill Smith
eBook (ePub): $1.99
This eBook compiles the Jx series of Weston Wagons West series of fictional stories about the James Weston family that parallels and chronicles the Kinnick and related Triplett, Brightwell and other... More > families in their westward migration from Maryland, to Ohio, to Illinois, and some of them end up in Iowa. The Kinnick family are a maternal ancestral line of the author of these stories. Actual family history research is the basis of the ancestral stories used here fictitiously. Historical events are recorded as nearly as possible to known historical documentation available to the author at the time of the writing. Events include service in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and service in the Civil War, among others.< Less
The Kings of Oak Springs: Oct 1876 to Jul 1877 Vol 2 By Dr. Bill Smith
eBook (ePub): $0.99
Volume 2 is a compilation of Episodes 21-40 of "The Kings of Oak Springs" series of family saga, historical fiction stories that are a part of "The Homeplace Saga" stories.... More > Originally published on HubPages, on line, this compilation as an eBook makes the stories more easily accessible to a wider reader base.< Less
Murder, He Figured By Dr. Bill Smith
eBook (ePub): $1.99
Raynor Crimmons expected to be on the gratis, leisure helicopter ride as it ascended into the air. Instead, he is watching from the ground as he watches it climb higher, then, suddenly malfunction,... More > and plunge to the ground in a fireball. Was it an accident or was it murder? Who was on board in place of him? Raynor investigates as he continues to visit his country music business financial planning clients in this small lake-side Ozarks Mountains community. Then, he discovers another dead body. This one was not an accident. Murder, He Figured. Raynor uses his best rational reasoning skills to attempt to calm his clients as they realize the murderer is very likely one of them. He learns much more about his clients, their families and friends, than he every expected on what was supposed to be a mundane, vacation-like visit.< Less
The Kings of Oak Springs: The Arrival Months In 1876 Vol 1 By Dr. Bill Smith
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Settling in Oak Springs, the King Family quickly becomes a part of the ongoing life of this southern Missouri Ozarks community, still recovering from the complete devastation during the late Civil... More > War in 1876. While many of the residents of the Oak Creek valley, including the small town of Oak Springs, are returning residents from before the war, there are an increasing number, like the King family, who are arriving in this community for the first time. Learn more about these characters who are central to the author's "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga historical fiction stories. The Kings stories provide additional insights into the family relationships and the stories of the pioneer families and the new arrivals. Karl, Katherine and their four children, Keith (14), Kate (12), Kent (10), and Karla (5) fit right in as they observe and interact with their new neighbors, especially on "Fourth Sundays."< Less
13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories (2nd Edition) By Dr. Bill Smith
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13 Sections suggest a variety of ways to tell your ancestor stories; each section has a Planning Worksheet to assist you in doing it most effectively. The content of our telling of ancestor stories... More > 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. 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.< Less
Schwyhart Early Family History By Dr. Bill Smith
eBook (PDF): $4.99
If you go by the Schwyhart surname, you can be pretty sure you are related to anyone else of the same name. Best currently available researched information suggests that the name was adopted by the... More > young adults in two families formed when two brothers married two sisters. All of the children of these two families, in the early 1800s, appear to have lived out their lives as Schwyharts. This is their book, into the early to mid-1900s. Further, this book is the second of a series of books to be prepared on this extended family, down through the generations. If you have an interest in this family and/or the affiliated families, we urge you to check back regularly at Lulu.com (and Dr. Bill’s Book Bazaar Blog) for additional detailed generations under both the Kinnick name and under the surnames of the affiliated families of the descendancies included here.< Less