Tuesday’s Tip – Write Your Military Stories

I started a discussion in my FaceBook Military Research and Storytelling group last month and on the World War II History network. It went like this:

I’d like to know how are YOU writing the stories of your ancestors. The way I write, share stories, and lecture may not be the way you share information yet there is great value in sharing what we have each done.

Are you blogging (post the URL); do you have a website dedicated to veterans (post the URL); have you written a book (describe what you did and post pictures); do you speak to groups about military history (describe what you talk about and how we can hear you speak). Did I miss anything? Feel free to add if I did.

One gentleman answered he blogs from his father’s diary and talks about his father’s military service. A blog is an easy way to begin telling the stories of our military ancestors. It isn’t a far jump from a blog post to a book. It just requires some finesse and filling some portions out and you can have a printed copy of a military story.

I’d love to hear your take on writing military stories. And if you need some inspiration, below are a few blogs written by researchers and links to books I’ve read (including my new book) that share military stories from WWII. And if you need help researching and writing the stories of your ancestors, feel free to look at my services page and contact me.

WWII Diary of Chick Bruns

2nd LT Malrait and the Thieme Crew

A Wounded World War II Vet: Pfc. Albert S. Pendleton, Jr. (1925-2006)


Holik, Jennifer. Stories of the Lost. Woodridge, IL: Generations, 2014.

Keay, Danny I.P. Roscoe Red Three is Missing. Dog Ear Publishing, 2012.

Schaeffer, Mollie Weinstien, and Schaeffer, Cyndee. Mollie’s War. McFarland, 2010.

What websites or blogs and books can you add to the list?

© 2014, Jennifer Holik

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