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Jennifer Holik is a genealogical researcher, military historian, lecturer, and author. Her interest in genealogy began in 1996 when she completed a project for a history class. Jennifer believes we must incorporate history into our family stories and view our families within their historical context, not ours. Jennifer has an eye for detail, loves locating the history behind a person or event, challenges, and helping people discover their family stories.

For clients, Jennifer specializes in military histories (particularly World War II), Women during World War II, Chicago Italians and writing family histories. She is the Genealogy Department Manager at Casa Italia – The Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park, IL. On the grounds of Casa Italia you can find the Italian American Veterans Museum where Jennifer assists with the archives, library, and programs.

Jennifer has a BA in History from Missouri University of Science and Technology. With over 20 years of research and writing experience, Jennifer enjoys blogging and writing books on military and genealogical topics. Jennifer published a set of genealogy textbooks for kids, adults, and genealogy societies and libraries in 2012. She has also authored a number of articles for local and national genealogical publications.

Jennifer lectures in the Chicagoland area on military research, Italian genealogy, and kids genealogy.

Learn more through her Author website or contact her via email.

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Professional affiliations:

Association of Professional Genealogists

DuPage County Genealogical Society

Chicago Writer’s Association

Military Writers Society of America

The Society of Military History

©2014, Jennifer Holik


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  1. Bill Bagnuolo

    Hi, My Grandfather was Vito Bagnuolo,(I know, Many Vito Bagnuolo’s),My Grandfather, born Nov. 1890, died Dec. 29th, 1955. Sister Isabell Bagnuolo/Iasillo, and another younger sister, who went to Argentina. I am researching her now. I am living in Sao Paulo, Brasil, now, and will shoot over to Argentina, soon, then to Ricigiliano, was told that Bagnuolo’s died in 1989 earthquake, will find out for sure. My Godmother is Mary Iasillo. We, all, originally lived at 25th and Princeton/Wentworth. St Mary Incoronata Parish, 23rd and Alexander, and 25th pl. and Princeton. Everybody died went to Colletta’s funeral home, on 26th st, and on Wentworth, and 79th st,then Queen of Heaven,or Mt. Carmel Cemetary, usually when our wonderful naborhood got chopped up in 1963, by Mayor Daley. The SanGiacomo’s, Parilli’s, Freda’s, Canzones, Seritella’s, Pintozzi’s, etc, are all related by my Grandmother, Mary Bagnuolo nee Parilli, who had 14 Brothers and sisters.My Grandmothers side is easy to research, but my Grandfather Vito’s side, Much Harder. Hope this helps, I have a lot of info, on our naborhood, 25th st, and Santa Maria Incoronata.

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