Lectures

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Programs
I offer programs in one and two hour sessions for World War II topics, kids and adult beginning genealogy, and connecting the generations through genealogy. 

World War II Programs
2014 is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, The Battle of the Bulge, and the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Has your library or society considered how you will honor our veterans and their families this year and next? I am available to present your choice of two to four military workshops in a seminar day. Contact me for available dates and fees.

The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating Basic World War II Military Records
All the records burned!
A fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, in 1973, destroyed approximately 80% of the Army, Air Corps, and National Guard records. This is not the end of the research possibilities for these soldiers. Many alternative record sources exist to reconstruct service history for these branches. Regardless of service branch, many records exist to tell your soldier, sailor, or Marine’s story. Learn how to research the records of World War II for any branch of the military in this informative program.

In this engaging and informative presentation, Jennifer shares:

• A trip through time, exploring the service history of several men and women.
• Explore resources to search prior to obtaining military records.
• Provide information on obtaining Official Military Personnel Files.
• Show and teach you what military records can be used to reconstruct service history.
• Tips on weaving military, genealogical, and historical records together.
• Resources for the Prisoners, the Missing, and the Dead.
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Finishing the Story
Tracing the life of a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Researchers have been conditioned to believe “All the Records Burned!” Some did, but an abundance of other resources exist to reconstruct service history. Many researchers are unaware of the numerous military records and resources available.

In this program, explore the lives, service, and deaths of Michael Kokoska, Frank Winkler, and Robert Brouk. Genealogical, historical, and military records will be shown and discussed. Jennifer will demonstrate how to write the stories of your soldier through a brief reading from her books Stories of the Lost and The Tiger’s Widow.

In this engaging and informative presentation, Jennifer shares:

• A trip through time, exploring the lives of three men.
• Moving stories about each man’s life and death.
• Numerous resources search for military records to reconstruct service history.
• Tips on weaving military, genealogical, and historical records together.
• Examples of how a military story can be written.

Download the Program Flyer.

Stories of the Lost
What happened to our soldiers, sailors, and Marines who died in World War II? What policies and procedures were, and were not, in place to handle our valiant dead? Who took care of these men and women who were killed? Why and how did some soldiers return to the United States, while others still sleep overseas? Why are some still considered Missing In Action or unrecoverable?

In this engaging and informative presentation, Jennifer shares:

• A trip through time, exploring the service history of James Privoznik, who was Killed In Action 11 January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.
• Discuss the history of the Graves Registration Service and their job during and after World War II.
• Show and teach you what the IDPF (Individual Deceased Personnel File) is, and how it can help you reconstruct service, and understand what happened to your deceased soldier.
• Learn why records and personal effects may not exist.
• Resources for the Prisoners, the Missing, and the Dead.

This program will appeal to veterans, surviving family members, those with family members who are still Missing In Action, genealogists, historians, students, and those interested in learning how to begin military research.
Download the Program Flyer.

Full Day of Military Programs
Book two to four programs in a day starting with The Day That Lived in Infamy. Navigating World War II Military Records and moving to Finishing the Story then Stories of the Lost and finally an hour of Q&A with the program attendees to answer questions, suggest resources, and break down brick walls.

Starting in the Fall of 2015 you can add any of the upcoming programs to the day.

Email for rates and possible dates.

Genealogy for Kids and Adults

Engaging the Next Generation: Inspiring a Love of Genealogy in Children and Grandchildren
Adult genealogists repeat over and over, “I wish I would have asked my grandma…..” In Engaging the Next Generation, learn ways to engage children and grandchildren in their family history through age appropriate activities and research.

Connecting Children With Their Past
Join us for a one hour program for children grades 4th – high school to learn how to start researching family history. Learn how to complete the charts required for your research and hear stories about locating additional information on your family. Parental or guardian participation is encouraged.

© 2015, Jennifer Holik

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