Stories from the Battlefield


with Jennifer Holik

Saturday 27 August 2022 

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT

at the Howard Miller Community Center, Zeeland, MI


Is it time to tell their stories?

Have you wondered what happened to your family member during combat or military service to shape them to be who they were? Have you struggled to research and write the stories of your World War I, World War II, Korea, or Vietnam War family member? Do you think all the records burned so there is no hope? Did you know there is a strategy to research military service correctly, that is easy to learn so you don't waste time and money? Would you like to know how to bring your veterans to life through your stories?

If you are ready to learn how to research your 20th century military family member, join us for the Stories from the Battlefield Seminar. Please note this is a live event.


Stories from the Battlefield Seminar

In this full-day seminar, you will learn the research strategies, records, and tips to research a veteran from any military branch from World War I, World War II, Korea, or Vietnam. This program has a World War II focus but everything taught applies to all four wars.

All programs and materials are copyrighted. Recording these programs IS PROHIBITED without prior consent.

What can you expect?

Join us for a full day of military research & storytelling seminar! Each session will run approximately 50-55 minutes with 15-20 minutes for Q&A before the breaks.

As a Bonus for attendees, you are invited to stay for a Bonus Q&A session at the end of the seminar day.

The seminar comes with a PDF printable workbook with BONUS checklists and research worksheets. The workbook will be emailed to you before the seminar. Paper copies will only be available for walk-in's the day of the event.


8:00 a.m. Doors Open

9:00 a.m. Research a Veteran

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. World War II Sacrifice

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m. The Greatest Generation

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Exploring the Battlefield Online

3:45-4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. BONUS Q&A Session

 4:45 p.m. Seminar Ends

Doors Open at 8:00 a.m.!

Join other attendees for coffee, water, mingling, and meeting local veteran, genealogical and historical organizations.

In the program room, Jennifer will have a few of her books for you to examine. You may purchase books before or after the seminar through her website. Books will not be for sale at the seminar.

Research a Veteran

Exploring the Basics of Military Research
9:00 a.m.

All the records DID NOT burn. Answers can be found and stories written no matter what anyone tells you.

There is a strategy to correctly research 20th century military service, regardless of branch. In this session you will learn where to begin your research at home, what questions to ask, what records you need to establish the foundation, where to obtain records, and how to begin writing the story.

I use storytelling along with the records to help you understand the deeper impacts of service. You might want a tissue for the story at the end of this session.

World War II Sacrifice

Records & Resources for the Prisoners, Missing, & Dead
10:30 a.m.

Discover the history of the American Graves Registration Service and the records they created for our honored war dead. We will then explore POW records before taking a journey to Europe with James Privoznik, who was Killed In Action 11 January 1945. Through our research, writing, and travel journey, I'll tell you his story and how I found information when most would say it is impossible.

Did you lose someone in World War I, World War II, Korea or Vietnam? Please let Jennifer know when you register (there is a space for this) or email me at [email protected]

Exploring the Greatest Generation

Adding Context to the Veteran's Story
1:00 p.m.

Contextual records are everywhere, not just the National Archives!

Once you have established what units your service member was in and where they served, it is time to explore unit-level records.

We will explore various histories, journals, photos, and maps for all the military branches. You will learn about the most valuable foundational records to put your service member into context and write a richer story everyone will want to read.

These records help you write the narrative to your stories. They will also help you understand why your veteran was who they were after service, and probably bring up more questions for you to consider.

Exploring the Online Battlefield

Resources & Strategies for Online Military Research.
2:30 p.m. 

Many of the records you need, especially at an individual level, are not online. However, all is not lost! There are rich records and databases available to help put puzzle pieces together. In some cases, you might even hit the jackpot on digitized records to help tell your service member's story.

After we explore some online sources you may not have considered, to demonstrate the vastness of online military records, we will take a live walk-through of Fold3. Using Case Studies I will show you were to find the gold and what to be aware of as you search. All tips provided apply to any database you search online.

BONUS Q&A Session

Join us for a bonus Q&A session. This will run 30-45 minutes.
4:00 p.m.

As we end our day you might be on information overload, but are invited to stay for the Bonus Q&A session.

Did you have a question that was not addressed during a session or the Q&A for that session? Or perhaps the question is a little beyond what we covered?

If so, index cards will be distributed during the day to take your questions. Some will be answered in this session.

BONUS! Questions I could not get to during the bonus Q&A will be reviewed. Questions & Answers will be emailed to all attendees a few days after the seminar.



This event will be held live on 27 August 2022 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Howard Miller Community Center located at 14 S Church St, Zeeland, MI.

This facility is handicap accessible.

Lunch will be on your own so please plan accordingly.

Space is limited to 150 attendees. There are no refunds for this seminar.

In the event of a health shutdown, this event will be virtual through Zoom. You must attend live. There will not be a replay available.

Registration fee is $50 until 19 August 2022. Registration fee is $60 from 20 August - 27 August 2022.


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 over 25 years ago while researching & writing about my family & military history. My military ancestors helped me dive deeper into my personal & ancestral trauma to heal.

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.

Would you like to learn more about ancestral lineage healing? Visit the Ancestral Souls Wisdom School Store to learn more about my healing services.


Please be aware, you MUST subscribe to the Kajabi/Ancestral Souls Wisdom School emails and remain subscribed, to receive details about this seminar. In addition to seminar emails, you will occasionally receive emails about other resources and offers from the Ancestral Souls Wisdom School. Be sure to check your SPAM to make sure you receive the emails.

Upon registration, you will receive a Welcome email with seminar details. Additional emails about the seminar, including workbook access and final event details, will arrive closer to the event in August.

If you ask a question in the registration form, or have a family member who died in service, Jennifer may follow-up with you prior to the event if additional information is required. Those questions will come from her email,  [email protected].

Seminar $50 per person

This fee expires at 11:59 p.m. 19 August 2022. After that the fee is $60.

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