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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennifer Holik  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Chicago suburbs


-- Website -- http://jenniferholik.com
-- Jennifer Holik on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=jennifer+holik


Illinois Connection

My family has always lived in Chicago since they emigrated from Europe. I was born in the Chicago suburbs and spent many years growing up in Missouri. I graduated with a BA in History from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and then returned to the Chicago area. My military books have focused on my Chicago relatives who served in World War I and World War II.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jennifer Holik has more than 20 years of research and writing experience and a Bachelors Degree in History. She provides genealogical, historical, and military research services. Her specialties are Chicago research, Italians in Chicago, Women, and World War II. Through in-depth research and analysis she can help you piece together the stories of your family. She is also on staff at the World War II History Network.


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Please visit Holik's [http://jenniferholik@generationsbiz.com website] for current speaking engagements and lecture topics. Her lectures focus on kids genealogy and World War II research and writing. She speaks around the Chicagoland area but will travel if expenses are paid in addition to her speaking fee. Please email for fees and possible dates. '''Stories of the Lost Program''' Hear the story of a Battle of the Bulge soldierís service history until his death in 1945. Learn about the Graves Registration Service which took care of him and our American dead and their extensive resource of paperwork. Learn why records and personal effects may not exist and why some of our soldiers are still missing or buried overseas. Includes handouts and Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $250 with permission to sell books) '''The Day that Lived in Infamy Navigating Basic World War II Records Program''' Learn how to research the records of World War II for any military branch. Holik details resources you can search prior to obtaining military records; how to provide information on obtaining Official Military Personnel Files; teaches you what military records can be used to reconstruct service history; shares tips on weaving military, genealogical, and historical records together; and provides resources for prisoners, missing, and the dead. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $250 with permission to sell books) '''Finishing the Story Program''' Explore the lives, service, and deaths of WWI and WWII service members. Discover resources to reconstruct WWII service history; hear moving stories about each manís life and death; and learn how to weave military, genealogical, and historical records together to write a soldierís story. A brief reading from two of Holikís books, Stories of the Lost and The Tigerís Widow, is included. Handouts and Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $250 with permission to sell books)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Branching out :
ISBN: 1938226143. OCLC Number: 879337577

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"Parents and teachers looking for a how-to genealogy book for 1st-3rd grade children need to look no further. In Branching Out, a new series available from Generations, author and professional genealogist Jennifer Holik provides parents and teachers with the tools they need to teach genealogical research skills to younger children. Through thirty fun and educational lessons, children will learn the foundations of genealogy and how to begin research on a level that they can understand and enjoy."--Back cover.

Branching out :
ISBN: 1938226151. OCLC Number: 798263375

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Thirty lessons that introduce genealogy and teach genealogical research skills to middle grade students, and include lesson goals, vocabulary, additional reading assignments, and lesson and homework assignments.

Branching out :
ISBN: 193822616X. OCLC Number: 810330117

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Branching out :
ISBN: 1938226135. OCLC Number: 812289829

Generations,. .

"Through thirty fun and educational lessons, you will learn the foundations of genealogy and how to begin research. Each lesson contains a clearly defined goal, all necessary vocabulary, additional reading assignments, and lesson and homework assignments to extend understanding of the concept"--Back cover.

Branching out.
ISBN: 9781938226588. OCLC Number: 1047603416

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Branching out.
ISBN: 9781938226595. OCLC Number: 1047604140

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Branching out.
ISBN: 9781938226601. OCLC Number: 1047604286

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Branching out.
ISBN: 9781938226618. OCLC Number: 1040592321

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Through 29 educational lessons, you will learn the foundations of genealogy and how to begin research.

Engaging the next generation :
ISBN: 9781938226625. OCLC Number: 1047609047

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Engaging the next generation :
ISBN: 1938226062. OCLC Number: 812168785

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'Engaging the Next Generation' is written specifically for groups looking to create youth programs. This is a two-part book featuring one-hour and half-day youth program examples and the complete 4th-8th grade branching out set of thirty lessons. Part I allows genealogy societies and libraries to create youth programs based on example outlines, example speaking text, and project ideas in the book. Part II allows genealogy societies and libraries to buile larger programs using the thirty lessons provided in the branching out series. Part II can also be used to teach beginning genealogy in public schools.

Stories from the Battlefield :
ISBN: 1499754299. OCLC Number: 891987727

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"In this short guide, you will learn the basics of World War II military research and what to look for in your home sources"--Page 4 of cover.

Stories of the lost
ISBN: 9781497480995. OCLC Number: 879066538

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The author tells how she researched her family members' military service records, which may, in turn, help you learn how to research yours.

The Tiger's widow :
ISBN: 9781500284596. OCLC Number: 893559967

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Drawn from Virginia Ginny Brouk's own memoir, letters and interviews, this biography of Virginia Scharer Brouk, later Virginia S. Davis, presents her life story, from growing up in Chicago during the Great Depression, to her life as the wife of Flying Tiger Robert Brouk, and then, as a young widow, picking up the pieces of her life and soldiering on, including becoming a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

To soar with the tigers :
ISBN: 9781938226267. OCLC Number: 868030686

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