Coffee with My Ancestors
A New Webinar Series
Do you ever wish you could sit down at the table with a cup of coffee or tea and speak with your ancestors who have passed? Maybe you already do this through meditation, journaling, exploring genealogy records, letters & diaries. One thing I've learned the last 25+ years is, there is not always a paper trail to definitely prove something about our ancestors. Sometimes we need to piece together a new puzzle & use our intuition & allow them to guide us.
There are so many steps we take as we research our family's genealogy & military history. We gather documents, talk with family members to hear stories, pour over letters and diaries, & enter the facts. Often we do not look beyond the paper trail facts. Anything not documented by paper is often considered unworthy or not true. Sometimes we will have a perspective on what we have gathered & entered that we may share with family members. Perhaps our perspective creates more questions & more research. Perspective being the key word here.
Within every document we read & every story we hear, there are more than two sides or perspectives. Have you ever asked two or more family members to tell you their memories of their grandmother? How many version did you get? Did one see grandma as a mean old woman while another version saw her as a woman who loved her grandchildren? Did another version land somewhere in the middle of who they thought grandma was? Not an angel but not a demon? If you have siblings & talk about major events in your lives, how many versions & perspectives would you hear?
Beyond perspective, when we really look at the layers of a story and the events which shaped our ancestor, we have to consider our own beliefs, patterns, and behaviors and how they might affect how we view the facts we discovered & our ancestor in question. Which facts & stories do we believe?
In this new series of webinars and classes, Coffee with My Ancestors invites you to look honestly at the different layers in your family's history. To explore the events that may have shaped who the ancestor became. You are invited to play with new tools to uncover what was one hidden. To look at what's inside us that colors how we viewed an ancestor. Are you ready to go on this journey? Explore what's coming up this fall.
10-Day Military Research Challenge!
Spend 10-Days with me in September in a new challenge! You will receive a questionnaire to work with prior to the challenge and lots of goodies to help you research in the challenge.
Challenge begins 14 September!
Why Was Grandma So Mean?
There are always more than two sides to every family story. Do you ever wonder what influenced the behaviors, patterns, & emotions of our ancestors? Explore your genealogy & military documents with new tools & questions to understand who your ancestors were & what shaped their behaviors.
Saturday, 11 September at 12:00 p.m. CST
Breakdown! Unspoken Effects of Genealogy & Military Research
Have you heard of Compassion Fatigue? Are you or have you been a caregiver? Have you experienced anger, grief, loss, shame, guilt, etc., as a result of your research? Have you become depressed or anxious? Join me in a new webinar to explore the ways our research & professional work can impact our mental health & resources to help us keep our energy high.
Tuesday, 14 September at 7:00 p.m. CST
What's Wrong With Daddy?
The World Wars changed everyone who served, especially those that saw combat. Explore your genealogy & military documents to find events & deeper reasons that your veteran was changed. This is an introduction to tools you can use to learn new facts & understand behaviors & patterns of your veterans.
Saturday, 18 September at 12:00 p.m. CST
Writing to the Ancestors
Explore some basic ways to tap into what your ancestors have to say through journaling/channeled writing and meditation.
Saturday, 25 September at 12:00 p.m. CST
Meet Your Guide....
Hello! I'm Jennifer!
I’ve been on a conscious personal healing journey for more than a decade. My journey began while researching & writing about my family & military history. My military ancestors helped me dive deeper into my personal & ancestral trauma to heal.
By 2015 my healing journey & military work allowed me to travel in Europe & create a life both there & in Chicago. I became embedded in Dutch society, life, relationships, healthcare, politics, culture, got a deep dive into grief when I became a caregiver to someone I was in a relationship with & more, which gave me a unique perspective on our world & the layers of trauma we each carry, no matter where we live. Each experience I had in Europe gave me awareness & puzzle pieces for my healing & the healing of our ancestors & the collective. Puzzle pieces & awareness I can now share with you.
We are all connected no matter where we live, what our culture is, what our trauma has been….when one heals, we all heal.
Explore more of my military research work, over six years of articles, record examples, videos, and all the books I've written at the WWII Research & Writing Center.