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I am now booking live in person events and Zoom events through the end of 2023. I am available for one program events, half-day or full-day seminars. Primary topics are military research (WWI -Vietnam), genealogy, and ancestral healing. Explore some of the programs I offer below or let's create a custom program for your organization.

Email me at [email protected] to discuss possibilities, fees, and availability.

My next live event has gone VIRTUAL due to health concerns. This will be a full-day 4 session military research seminar with bonus Q&A session to end the day. This will be held on 27 August 2022. View the registration page to see what I'll be teaching.

Explore 2022-2023 Speaking Engagements

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.

Introduction to Ancestral Lineage Healing

Explore topics related to Ancestral Lineage Healing which include: grief, loss, trauma, family secrets, family patterns, family parallels, caregiving, spirituality and religion, PTSD, racism, LGBTQI, genealogical topics, inherited trauma, and the effects of the war on families in addition to the veteran.

During the exploration you may become aware of how your personal story and life choices have been affected by the past and your family.

Introduction to Genograms

Are you interested in better understanding why you are who you are? Why your family and ancestors held certain beliefs, behaviors, and patterns? Using a genogram, you can learn a lot more about your family. A genogram is a tool that resembles a family tree through which we use symbols to identify family beliefs, behaviors, and patterns. There are many themes that can be explored using this tool.

In this interactive workshop, I will introduce you to an incredibly transformative tool, the Genogram. We will walk through setting up a basic genogram, learn some basic symbols, and start to identify patterns in our families.

What's Wrong With Daddy?

The World Wars changed everyone who served, especially those that saw combat. When the veterans returned home, their families, communities, and the world was changed. Many things were kept secret and silence reigned. Most people that I have spoken to about military research or clients I have worked with all tell me, He never talked about it. My grandma would never tell me what it was like after he came home. My dad grew up without a father and no one mentioned his name.

In this webinar we are going to look at my family's story, which may shock you when you hear details. I am going to teach you some basic tools to start looking at your research in a new way.  Everything I teach you can also be applied to WWI, Civil War, European Wars, Vietnam, and even wars that have played out on the planet since Vietnam.

We will look at the hard things around military service, what happened on the home front before, during, and after the war, both in the U.S. and Europe. What was the propaganda in the U.S. and Europe around veterans, rebuilding after the war, how to welcome a veteran home, and how to readjust when he or she came home? No one was unaffected by this war.

You will walk away from this webinar with tools and worksheets to help you explore your genealogy & military documents. Tools to help you find events & deeper reasons that your veteran and family was changed.

This is part 1. Part 2 is The Family's War Secrets.

Family's War Secrets

This is part 2 of a series. Program 1 is What's Wrong with Daddy?

The advanced look at how the World Wars changed everyone who served, especially those that saw combat. When the veterans returned home, their families, communities, and the world was changed. Many things were kept secret and silence reigned.

We are going to look at my family's story again, in a different way, to help you understand how these new tools work. Some of the details you learn may shock you. Everything I teach you can also be applied to WWI, Civil War, European Wars, Vietnam, and even wars that have played out on the planet since Vietnam.  

We will look at the hard things around military service, what happened on the home front before, during, and after the war, both in the U.S. and Europe. What was the propaganda in the U.S. and Europe around veterans, rebuilding after the war, how to welcome a veteran home, and how to readjust when he or she came home? No one was unaffected by this war.  

You will walk away from this webinar with tools and worksheets to help you explore your genealogy & military documents. Tools to help you find events & deeper reasons that your veteran and family was changed.  

Research a Veteran

Exploring the Basics of Military Research

Please note this is part 1 of 2 in military research.

World War II research is surrounded by stories and myths which often give people the perception they cannot obtain any information about military service. What most people do not realize is military research should be done in two parts. Starting at the end with a discharge unit will usually lead you down the wrong path where you will waste time and money.

This program will focus on what is available first at home and then within the archives and online repositories. You will learn how to put a timeline of service together, how to properly reconstruct military history, what can be found within service files and company-level types of records, and where else to look. At the end of this webinar you will have the tools to proceed to the next step in military research - contextual history.

Everything I teach, while WWII focused, also applies to WWI, Korea, and Vietnam.

Exploring the Greatest Generation

Adding Context to the Veteran's Story

Please note this is the 2nd part of my research strategy. Finding the Answers: Beginning Military Research is Part 1.

The next step after creating a timeline of military service and understanding through military records, what units your service member was in and where they were, is obtaining contextual documents. Providing context through records, maps, and photographs will bring to life the story of your family member and help you better understand who they were.

Prisoners, Missing & Dead Webinar

Explore the history & jobs of the men who worked in the American Graves Registration Service. We explore the Individual Deceased Personnel File & why you need this vital record. Finally, take a journey with me in the footsteps of my cousin James through his records and path through Europe to his death and burial.

Everything I teach, while WWII focused, applies to WWI, Korea, and Vietnam also.

Battlefield Stories: Writing Stories of War

Are you ready to write your military stories but unsure where to begin? Join me to learn organizational tips for digital and paper records before we prepare to write our stories.

Then take a deep dive into possible themes, outlines, case studies, and writing prompts to help you tell your stories of war.

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.

Everything I teach applies to WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Researching WWII Online

One place many people begin research for their World War II service member is online. While most of the records you need to reconstruct service history are not available online, you can find clues and unit or contextual information to add to your soldier’s story. Tools and strategies taught in this course will apply to WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam military research.

In this program, Jennifer will:

  • Explain some myths and common questions about online research.
  • Explain how to research using the collections on Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.
  • Discuss other places you can find information online and how that can lead to offline resources.
  • Explain where and how to connect with other researchers or European grave adopters.
  • Discuss using social media to locate information.

The tips you learn in this program will help you with any digitized record set.

Breakdown! Unspoken Effects of Genealogy & Military Research

Have you heard of Compassion Fatigue? 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.

Ancestral Time Travels: Timelines

Every genealogist and military researcher uses timelines in their research. They are automatically created on family trees as we add facts about our ancestor. Did you know this generic timeline is only one way to use this powerful tool?

Are you ready to step out of the generic timeline box and travel through the life of an ancestor from a completely different perspective?

This new perspective on timelines may open new research paths. You might also identify some family beliefs, behaviors, and patterns that will allow you to remove old blocks, end negative cycles, and help you create a new reality.

Writing to the Ancestors

Explore some basic ways to tap into what your ancestors have to say through journaling/channeled writing and meditation.

Hello! I'm Jennifer

I’m a spiritual coach and an Intuitive healer specializing in inherited & war trauma, and personal & ancestral healing. I’ve been on a conscious personal healing journey for a 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.

This healing also led me to write and publish more than 20 of my own books since 2011. Since 2010 I have also written and published more than 100 client genealogy and military story books, memoirs, recipes, and photo books.

Discovering the history of our families allows for family patterns, inherited trauma, & secrets to rise. This provides an opportunity to take a deeper look at our research to allow for healing & closure.

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 married to in the Netherlands.  All of that gave me a unique perspective on our world & the layers of trauma we each carry, no matter where we live.

I visited battlefields & burial sites, religious & cultural sites, heard family & war stories, some of which brought me to my knees in grief as I channeled the people telling the stories. I understand context that many people do not. This makes me unique in the way I can help clients heal on both sides of the ocean to explore their personal & ancestral family patterns & war trauma. I have studied & understand genealogy & military records, & what information, secrets, patterns, inherited trauma, feelings, & emotions they may share.

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.

For more than a decade I have studied ancestral lineage healing, energy healing modalities, inherited trauma, PTSD, grief & loss, caregiving, & spiritual modalities. I have also taken a deep dive into my personal and ancestral healing.

I look forward to working with you to heal yourself and your ancestors. We are all connected no matter where we live, what our culture is, what our trauma has been….when one heals, we all heal.