World War II Records Research Books Available

Now available!Cover Vol 1

Volumes 1 and 2 of the new World War II records series, Stories from the World War II Battlefield.

Volume 1 : Reconstructing Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Service

Volume 2: Navigating Service of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant MarinesCover Vol 2

Joe Balkoski was the first to review Volume 1 and had this to say,

Jennifer Holik’s Stories From the World War II Battlefield is a remarkable achievement. The growing number of people dedicated to learning of an ancestor’s World War II military service cannot afford to miss it! It provides a clear and focused explanation of the sometimes baffling archival resources available to the public related to wartime service. I’ve been studying World War II for more than three decades, and I still learned plenty of new research techniques from Jennifer’s book.”
Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach and Beyond the Beachhead

You can view the full press release, table of contents for both volumes, and purchase the books on my website today!

© 2015, Jennifer Holik, Woodridge, IL

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Military Monday – WWII Speaking Engagements

I recently updated my speaking schedule. Hope you can join me at one of these events!

Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating World War II Military Records
Note: This program is one hour in length and covers the basics. All the records did not burn! Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors. We will explore numerous military records, books, photographs, and family stories.This program will be held at the
Batavia Public Library.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Finishing the Story
Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the many records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical record sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers, through the usual genealogical records and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book Stories of the Lost, Jennifer will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Sunday, June 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Finishing the Story
Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the many records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical record sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers, through the usual genealogical records and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book Stories of the Lost, Jennifer will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier. This event will be held at the Niles Public Library.

August 2015 – Date and Time TBD
The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating World War II Military Records
All the records did not burn! Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors. We will explore numerous military records, books, photographs, and family stories.This program will be held in as part of the National Timberwolf Pups Association (104th Infantry Division) reunion in New Orleans, LA. Registration fee and details to follow. Space will be extremely limited.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating World War II Military Records
All the records did not burn! Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors. We will explore numerous military records, books, photographs, and family stories.This program will be held at the Fountaindale Public Library.

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Finishing the Story
Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the many records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical record sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers, through the usual genealogical records and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book Stories of the Lost, Jennifer will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier. This event will be held at the Elmhurst Public Library.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Stories of the Lost

A continuation of “Finishing the Story,” we will explore the records available to tell the stories of those who died in service. We will also discuss those who took care of our Soldier Dead, the Graves Registration Service men. Learn about their job and the reasons it took so long to have our soldiers repatriated and what happened to the personal effects during the course of recovery and repatriation. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Finishing the Story
Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the many records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical record sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers, through the usual genealogical records and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book Stories of the Lost, Jennifer will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier. This event will be held at the Orland Park Library.


 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating World War II Military Records
All the records did not burn! Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors. We will explore numerous military records, books, photographs, and family stories.This program will be held at the
Orland Park Library.
© 2015, Jennifer Holik, Woodridge, IL
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Writing Wednesday – Ricigliano, Italy Research

What’s New with the Ricigliano Project?

I have been receiving many comments of old Rigi Project posts and thought it was time for an update and project proposal.

  1.  I met with a few Rigi’s recently to go through most of the old photos I scanned and put on my website. We were able to identify and update many photo captions. Please take a look and feel free to email me with additions or corrections.
  2. One of my Rigi clients and I hired Mary Tedesco of Origins Italy. As part of her fall 2014 client research trip to Italy, Mary spent several days in Italy researching the main lines of this client. She returned with over 450 documents (Church and Civil vital records and military records.) She also extended the main lines for this client several generations. She has plans to continue her work for us on her next trip.
  3. We extended the surnames on my client’s direct line and collateral lines. The primary surnames we have for this client are: Serritella, DeLeonardis, Malpede, Pacelli, Catino (Catena), Mennella (Mendella/Menella), Palumbo, Gorga, Meccia, Ferrone, Marzone, Turtoriello/Tortoriello/etc., Zaccardo, De Laurentis, Ramundo (Muro Lucano), Iacullo, Parillo, Sangiacomo, Bagnuolo. There are MANY other Rigi names within the collateral lines also.

Project Proposal

Rose Serritella and Daniel DeLeonardis

Rose Serritella and Daniel DeLeonardis

Mary and I are working on a potential Rigi research trip in which she would spend research time in Italy only working on Rigi lines in the Salerno Archives and in the towns of Ricigliano and Muro Lucano. I have worked with many Rigi clients in Chicago, and many others across the country have provided information through email or the blog posts. All of the information accumulated the last four years is in one database, which easily allows me to manage multiple Rigi client projects at once. I created one database because so many families merged through multiple marriages and siblings in one family marrying siblings in another.

If you are interested in working with Mary and I, please contact me. I am working with my current client, who Mary is researching for, to gather a group together. I would be managing the project and would be:

  • Analyzing the information each new client provides to see how it merges into what has already been done. Each new client would need to provide a copy of their family tree and documentation gathered relating to the line(s) or problems they wish to have researched and solved.
  • Updating the database/family tree.
  • Working with the client to set research goals.
  • Providing the specific goals of each client with all necessary information and documentation to Mary, to analyze and determine a suggested number of research days and cost per client.
  • After the trip, Mary would provide me with the documentation and her report. I would then update the database and provide all information to the client with Mary’s report and documentation for that specific client.

In essence, you are hiring me to manage the project and also Mary to pull the information.

If you are interested in learning more, please email me.

© 2015, Jennifer Holik, Woodridge, IL

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