Stories from the Battlefield Options

Choose the option that best meets your organization's needs.

Did you know the 80th Anniversary of D-Day is June 6, 2024?

Is it time to tell their stories?

Is your library, society, homeschool group, museum or organization looking for a WWII program, half-day or full-day WWI/WWII research programming, or study group? Are you preparing to honor our WWII veterans in June 2024 and need to know how to research their service?

If so, I have just what you need.

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?

Email Jennifer at [email protected] to schedule your group's seminar or study group and discuss fees.  Book soon before all dates are taken!
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Choose Your Experience


Create a Seminar

Book me to speak for your organization. Choose four programs, two required and two optional. If you want all six programs listed below, we can break the seminar into two days.

  • Four live 60-minute training sessions with 15 minute Q&A after each session. Two required programs (see below) and you choose the other two.
  • A workbook full of checklists, resources, and more! 

Create a Study Group

Do your members like study groups and more individualized attention? A minimum of 5 participants is required to form a group. Students each pay a fee to participate.

  • You receive all six programs listed below which run 60-75 minutes before a 15-minute Q&A. The My Doughboy's Story program is 2-hours with Q&A.
  • Study Group can be set up to run over 2 days (3 programs on each day) or one program a week for 6 weeks. Day and evening time slots available.
  • 2 additional Live Q&A sessions will be scheduled for students to ask questions & share research finds. Replays will be provided.
  • Video replays and materials will be available to students for 3 months.
  • A workbook full of checklists, resources, and more! 
Email Jennifer at [email protected] to discuss fees, options and schedule your event.

Can't do a full-day seminar but still want to book me? Explore my current program offers. Book soon before all dates are taken!

Required Programs

Learn my 2-part military research strategy to research any veteran for any military branch for WWI, WWII, Korea or Vietnam. This seminar or study group will focus on WWI/WWII records. Strategies, records, and record locations are the same for 20th century wars.


Research a Veteran

Exploring the Basics of Military Research

This is part 1 of the research strategy.

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.
  • The first part of the research strategy to learn any veteran's story from any 20th century war and and military branch.
  • What records you need to establish the foundation and where to locate them.
  • How to create a timeline of service.
  • 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.

Exploring the Greatest Generation

Adding Context to the Veteran's Story

This is part 2 of the research strategy.

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.

In this program you’ll explore:

  • The second part of the research strategy to piece together your veteran's story.
  • How to add to your timeline of service and expand the narrative.
  • 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.

Optional Programs

Choose programs to fill your organizations specific needs. This seminar or study group will focus on WWI/WWII records.


World War II Sacrifice

Records & Resources for the Prisoners, Missing, & Dead

Discover the history of the American Graves Registration Service and the records they created for our honored war dead. 

In this program you’ll learn:

  • What records were created by the American Grave Registration Service for World War I & World War II. How to access those records and tell your veteran's story.
  • You will learn about online resources for locating information.
  • We will explore POW records.
  • I'll share a case study on 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.
  • You will have access to some death records to peruse at your leisure.

Did you lose someone in World War I, World War II, Korea or Vietnam? Please let Jennifer know when you register. Please email me at [email protected]


Exploring the Online Battlefield

Resources & Strategies for Online Military Research.

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.

In this program you’ll explore:

  • You will get a taste of what can be found online for World War I and World War II.  New collections are being added all the time.
  • Tips for using Fold3 and other similar databases.
  • Where to find unit-level context to better understand your veteran's experience.

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.

OPTIONAL PROGRAM. 75-minute program.

Words That Heal. Power of Writing a Veteran's Story.

Discover the transformative power of stories as you embark on a journey of genealogy and military research. Stories have the ability to heal, preserve the past, and prevent history from repeating itself. Join our workshop and unlock the secrets to crafting compelling narratives that honor your family's heritage and pay tribute to the brave veterans who shaped our world.

You will learn:

  • Organizing Your Research
  • The Importance of Veterans' Stories
  • Story Outlines and Writing Prompts.
  • Unveiling the Right Questions.
  • Do's and Don'ts of Writing. 
  • Compassion Fatigue, Grief & Self-Care In Writing.
  • Project Placement.

Get ready to unleash your storytelling potential and honor your veterans through the written word. 


Your Doughboy's Story

Did you know you can reconstruct World War I Army service online right now? You may not learn all the details of your veteran but you will learn enough to tell a story and access unit records, even if the service file burned!  In this bonus program you’ll explore:

  • How to create a timeline of service with the information you have plus what you'll discover online.
  • Which websites have WWI Army records & how to locate your soldier's information & make it make sense.
  • Next steps. Where do you go once you have a timeline of service? What else can be discovered online?
  • Resources to discover offline information.

You will walk away from this program with actionable steps to reconstruct the military service of your WWI Army veteran using online sources.


What's Wrong With Daddy?

The World Wars affected everyone who served, especially those that saw combat. When the veterans returned home, their families, communities, and the world was changed. Many things regarding combat and the physical, mental, or emotional state of the veteran, 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 mom or 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.

Everyone was affected by the war, including future generations. I discovered I was living out my WWII grandparent's patterns with my late Dutch husband. Think inherited trauma and ancestral healing.

In this webinar we are going to look at my family's story, which may shock you when you hear the details. You will:

  • Learn some basic tools to start looking at your research in a new way. 
  • Identify some family beliefs, behaviors, patterns, or traumas that were passed down.
  • Look at the hard or difficult to talk about things around military service.
  • Explore what happened on the home front before, during, and after the war, both in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Look at 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.

You will walk away from this webinar with tools and worksheets to help you explore your genealogy & military documents to better understand why your veteran was who he or she was. This may lead you to a better understanding of why YOU are who you are.

This Seminar Is For Your Museum, Library, Organization, School or Society If...

  • You are interested in learning how to research any veteran from WWI, WWII, Korea, or Vietnam.
  • Thought All The Records Burned and nothing can be found.
  • Would like to learn my 2-part strategy to research any veteran and not waste time and money.
  • Want to tell the stories of your family's war dead.
  • Are planning to walk in your service member's footsteps or plan a veterans or D-Day event.
  • Would like to know what can be found online to move your research forward.

I'm Jennifer Holik

I'm Jennifer, I help people identify and release ancestral beliefs, behaviors, patterns, and traumas that hold them back from creating their most abundant, amazing life.

Guided by my military ancestors, more than 25 years ago, I stepped on the family & military history research trail. That journey allowed me to connect more deeply with my ancestors, spirit guides, angels, and others beyond the veil. I created a genealogy business which quickly transformed into a military research, speaking, and writing business. Explore military research articles, videos, records, resources, and my books at the WWII Research & Writing Center.

 Learn more about me.

Email Jennifer at [email protected] to discuss fees, options and schedule your event.

Can't do a full-day seminar but still want to book me? Explore my current program offers.