I never knew my grandpa, Joseph Holik. He died when my dad was 16, in 1964. What I did know, was grandpa served in the U.S. Naval Armed Guard during World War II. I also knew he returned from the war a very different man than the one who left to serve his country. These Read More
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 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
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
Last month I discussed Building a WWII Timeline of Service. This month, I’d like to take that a step further. When clients come to me seeking help to trace their soldier’s service, they often have very little information. As long as I can obtain a name, service number, unit and point in time when the Read More
This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Researching an individual in our family tree often requires us to create a timeline of the individual’s life. On that timeline we place important events such as birth, marriage, education, residence, and death. We follow the same process for a World War II soldier, except we are specifically Read More
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