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Jennifer Holik

World War II Research and Writing Center

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Repositories:
Chicago Historical Society; ; Harold Washington Library; Cook County Illinois Offices ; Illinois Regional Archives Depository Branches ; Illinois State Archives; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library ; National Archives Great Lakes Branch ; Newberry Library

Lectures:
All of the lectures listed here discuss research techniques for World War I, World War II, and Korea. Jennifer will take you on a journey to learn how to correctly reconstruct service history, even when the records burned, using a proven process to document the facts from start of service to end. How to connect to researchers with specialized knowledge overseas. How to write the stories of war and where to share them. Using many stories of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines now gone, she will tug at your heart strings and explain the process. The Day That Lived in Infamy: Navigating Basic World War II Records Beyond Pearl Harbor: Exploring Advanced World War II Records Finishing the Story: Recording the Military Story Stories of the Lost: Remembering the Dead Navigating World War II Records on Fold3.com Writing the Stories of War Stories of Our Past

Publications:
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 1: Reconstructing Army Air Corps and National Guard Service
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 2: Navigating Service Records for the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Merchant Marines
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 1: Writing the Stories of War
Stories from the World War II Battlefield World War II Writing Prompts
Faces of War: Researching Your Adopted Soldier This book is written for European researchers.
The Tiger's Widow
Stories of the Lost
To Soar with the Tigers
Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st-3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-30
Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th-8th Grade Students Lessons 1-30
Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-30
Branching Out: Genealogy for Adults Lessons 1-30
Engaging the Next Generation A Guide for Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Affiliations:
Association of Professional Genealogists

Testimonials:
G Company 120th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division Project For the past 72 years I ve thought about and tried to research the short life of my oldest brother William Edward Jones Jr. He was KIA on 13 January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge somewhere in Belgium. Bill was sixteen years older than me, my godfather, but I have no memory of him since the family was split up not long after my birth. If you believe in serendipity or things happening without explanation then you ll understand when I say that he reached out to me on several occasions throughout my life, through strangers who knew him in life, or guided me to places and situations that unveiled his life for me to see. My latest unexplained encounter with him took place January 2017, I was doing some ancestry research. All of my previous attempts when I reached out to the War Dept. were unsuccessful as all of the records pertaining to his service had been destroyed in a fire in 1973. Somehow during my research I d entered the Ancestry Blog site, on the screen in front of me was an article written by guest writer Jennifer Holik, the title Writing Stories from the Heart caught my attention, and I decided to read it. Jennifer described in this article her search for information about her cousin James Privoznik, who was KIA during the Battle of the Bulge on 11 January 1945. It wasn t lost upon my sub-conscious that this was the same battle Bill was KIA just two days later, it also didn t escape my mind that this was the month of January, and I was here reading this by chance or serendipity. I felt that it was Bill guiding me to uncover and learn about his life during WWII. I also knew from my past attempts I wouldn t be able to do this on my own, so I contacted Jennifer through her website, in the hope of engaging her help. Fortunately she was able to take on researching for me Bill s service, which she completed this August 2017. I now have a comprehensive picture of his life during his military service from his induction to his death. There was also the added bonuses of family history, like letters from my mother and father regarding the disposition of bill s remains and personal effects. Jennifer who traveled to Belgium for personal reasons, and to participate in this May s Memorial Day services, took time to provide for me present day pictures, and videos of the towns he fought in and monuments erected to the 30th division. I really can t adequately express my emotions or appreciation for Jennifer s efforts. It was truly a labor of love. - Clarence L. Jones 31 August 2017 You can view more here: http://wwiiresearchandwriti...


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