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 Women in World War II

Posted by Jennifer Holik on March 25, 2016 in Website

Wars are fought by men. Isn’t that what we are usually told? We have been so conditioned to look for records of men who participated that we often overlook the women who were involved. Many women participated in the war effort for World War II on the home front, taking jobs vacated by men who were Read More

World War II Case Study: Minor L. Dickerson

Posted by Jennifer Holik on January 27, 2016 in Website

Researching the service of World War II personnel can be time intensive, but with each step we add pieces of the puzzle that help us see the larger picture. Each researcher begins the process in a different place, depending on the information they have at the beginning of their journey. One place you can start research for Read More

WWII Marine Robert E. Bishop – A Case Study

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 31, 2015 in Website

When we begin World War II research, we often search as many online indexes and databases as possible, usually beginning with Ancestry. And while there, we usually see if there is a family tree that has records attached to it. If there is a photograph of the individual, that is a huge bonus.  Meet Robert Read More

Fire and Devastation! Reconstructing World War II Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on September 30, 2015 in Collections, Research

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Myth and misunderstanding surround World War II records access and reconstruction due to the 1973 Fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. Eighty percent of the Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) were lost in the fire. Do not worry though Read More