Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik is an international WWII researcher, speaker, and author of the only authoritative books on the market, “Stories from the World War II Battlefield,” which teach individuals how to research WWII service across any branch. She can be found at her website The World War II Research and Writing Center or on Facebook.

Researching the Battle of the Bulge

Posted by Jennifer Holik on January 19, 2017 in Guest Bloggers

This month marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Bulge, which was fought during World War II from 16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945, in the Ardennes in Europe. It was in this battle, that my cousin James Privoznik of the 90th Infantry Division, lost his life on 11 Read More

Writing Stories from the Heart

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 21, 2016 in Guest Bloggers, Holidays

We have reached the final month of 2016. Most people are looking forward to the holidays and looking back at what they accomplished this year. We count our blessings and begin creating goals for the new year. For some, the goal of breaking down a brick wall or adding more people to their family tree Read More

World War II Research Guide

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 5, 2016 in Guest Bloggers

If you have World War II veterans in your family, you can honor them by documenting their service in your family history. Unfortunately, due to privacy restrictions, many family historians have the misconception that it’s a lost cause trying to obtain the records of WWII veterans. Fortunately, there are ways to uncover details of your Read More

Preserving a World War II Service Member’s Lifestory on Ancestry Member Trees

Posted by Jennifer Holik on November 9, 2016 in In The Community

I attended the Ancestry.com breakfast at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference at the end of August this year. One of the speakers told attendees that Ancestry is passionate about saving the stories of an individual and family. The company continually looks for ways to preserve the stories for generations to come through their online Read More

Preserving A Town’s Military History

Posted by Jennifer Holik on November 8, 2016 in In The Community

This week I shared some tips on preserving your veteran’s military history on your Ancestry Member Tree. Today I’d like to share some ways to help you preserve your community’s military history. Many genealogists are involved in their local genealogy or historical organizations. These groups often work on projects to preserve local history, write books Read More

Honoring World War II Service Together

Posted by Jennifer Holik on August 30, 2016 in In The Community

Seventy-one years have passed since the end of World War II. The war in Europe ended on 8 May 1945, but the war in the Pacific raged on until 14 August 1945, also known as V-J Day. The official, formal surrender of the Japanese took place on 2 September 1945. In America after the war, Read More

Collaboration in World War II Research

Posted by Jennifer Holik on June 29, 2016 in Collections

Most of us have heard that two heads are better than one. This is especially true with World War II research. Just as with any genealogical research, one person does not know everything. One database or record repository does not have all the records or the entire story. Working together, collaborating, through different avenues, we Read More