Global Coordinator of the World War II Research and Writing Center
Jennifer Holik is an international researcher, speaker, and author of numerous books, articles, and courses. She holds a BA in History from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Jennifer offers expert World War II, genealogical, and historical research, writing, and speaking services.
Jennifer is an acclaimed author dedicated to uncovering WWII history by piecing together biographical stories of soldiers’ lives that have never been told before. She has a rare talent for telling WWII stories in an emotive way: lending a ‘new voice’ to this period of history by shedding light on a soldier’s relationships with their loved ones, family and friends. In portraying the human side of warfare she reveals in a poignant, heartfelt, original way what it was really like to have a son, brother, best friend or spouse go off to fight this incredulous war and risk making the ultimate sacrifice for liberty and freedom.
As a researcher and writer based in Chicago and the Netherlands, her unique talent bringing to life a soldier’s story by new research techniques, provides a rare glimpse into a soldier’s personal life. The facts she unravels about his web of relationships provide family members a chance to revisit their soldier’s never-told-before story and ‘personal war journey’ in a new way. In doing so, it allows family members to live their soldiers’ pain and glory – memorialize their stories through writing – ultimately, serving as a tribute to their sacrifice; and a testament to our great country.
As an authoritative voice on WWII, Jennifer is a sought after speaker on war-related topics. Recently, she spoke at the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945, CRASH ’40-’45 Museum, Tilburg Liberation Ceremonies, and for a group in Goeree-Overflakkee, all in the Netherlands, and is a regular speaker both in the US and Europe. You may view her upcoming scheduled appearances. Jennifer writes for Ancestry.com, Internet Genealogy, and Your Genealogy Today. She has been featured in The Daily Herald and also several local newspapers in Europe. Jennifer holds a BA in History from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Faces of War: Researching Your Adopted Soldier.
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 3: Writing the Stories of War. (Volume 3 of the Stories from the World War II Battlefield Series)
Stories from the World War II Battlefield: World War II Writing Prompts (these are only the prompts from Volume 3.)
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 2: Navigating Service of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marines (Volume 2 of the Stories from the World War II Battlefield Series)
Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 1: Reconstructing Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Service Records (Volume 1 of the Stories from the World War II Battlefield Series)Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research
The Tiger’s Widow (Volume 2 of the Stories of the Lost Series)
Stories of the Lost (Volume 1 of the Stories of the Lost Series)
Engaging the Next Generation: A Guide for Genealogy Societies and Libraries
Branching Out: Genealogy for Adults
Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students
Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th-8th Grades Students
Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st-3rd Grade Students
To Soar with the Tigers
Jennifer is a member of these organizations:
Engaging Speakers (Professional Member)
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