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General Information

Name:  Jennifer Holik  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago suburbs

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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.


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Titles At Your Library

Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research
ISBN: 1499754299

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

All the records burned! We hear this over and over when we think about World War II research. Yet there are many records and resources available to get you started. In this short guide, you will learn the basics of World War II military research and what to look for in your home sources. Then we will explore components of personnel files, death records, and other associated records in this short book. This guide is meant to be a starting point for World War II research, not an exhaustive examination of all the military branches and records available. For an in-depth examination on World War II records, check out my Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume I: Reconstructing Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Service.

Stories of the Lost (Volume 1)
ISBN: 149748099X

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

Imagine sending your son off to war. Will he return unharmed, unchanged, and whole? How long will he be gone? Will the war last forever? Will he return? Standing in front of you at the railroad station is a young man in uniform. He looks so handsome, so strong, and full of life. You hug him tightly before he boards the train. You wave goodbye and he’s gone. Years later your son returns from the war. He arrives not walking off the train, but carried off in a flag draped casket. Dead almost four years now and buried in a foreign land, you did not know where he was buried for almost two years after he was killed. Your son is unable to tell his story of war. Who will tell his story? This book is a collection of stories about my relatives who left by train to fight for our freedom and never returned. Three of the men were brought home after the war ended. One however, still sleeps in that foreign soil. It is also the recognition of the men who cared for them after death. The stories of the lost found through the military record.

The Tiger's Widow: A Woman Who Took Up the Fight, the Story of Virginia Brouk (Stories of the Lost) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 1500284599

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

Love knows no boundaries of time and space or life and death. It exists forever in our hearts as we remember and honor those who have gone before us. Through those memories we pass life lessons on to the next generation. We teach others there is light after darkness, hope after despair, and love is the glue that puts shattered hearts back together. This is a story of five hearts separated by time and space

hearts which would meet in the perfect moment. It is a story about never ending love that lived on even after death. Join me on a journey that spans 72 years and several continents. This is the story of the life of Virginia Scharer Brouk, the wife of Flying Tiger, Robert Brouk. Virginia picked up the pieces of her life and joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, later known as the Women’s Army Corps (WAC,) to take up the fight after Robert was killed in a plane crash. Virginia’s story is of life, loss, war, and the connection of hearts filled with love.

Engaging the Next Generation: A Guide for Genealogy Societies and Libraries
ISBN: 1938226062

Generations, USA. 2012

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 build 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.

Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st-3rd Grade Students: Lessons 1-30
ISBN: 1938226143

Generations. 2012

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 fifteen 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. Each lesson contains a clearly defined goal, all necessary vocabulary, additional reading assignments, and lesson and homework assignments to extend understanding of the concept.

Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th-8th Grade Students: Lessons 1-30
ISBN: 1938226151

Generations. 2012

Parents and teachers looking for a how-to genealogy book for 4th-8th 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. Each lesson contains a clearly defined goal, all necessary vocabulary, additional reading assignments, and lesson and homework assignments to extend understanding of the concept.

Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students: Lessons 1-30
ISBN: 193822616X

Generations. 2012

Parents and teachers looking for a how-to genealogy book for high school students 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. Each lesson contains a clearly defined goal, all necessary vocabulary, additional reading assignments, and lesson and homework assignments to extend understanding of the concept.

Branching Out: Genealogy Lessons for Adults
ISBN: 1938226135

Generations. 2012

Are you looking for a how-to genealogy book that introduces the basics of research through easy to learn lessons? Then look no further. In Branching Out, a new series available from Generations, author and professional genealogist Jennifer Holik provides adults with the tools they need to learn how to research their family history. 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.

To Soar with the Tigers
ISBN: 1938226267

Generations. 2013

This is the story of Flying Tiger Robert Brouk, a Flight Leader in the 3rd Squadron of the American Volunteer Group. In the months prior to Pearl Harbor, until the disbandment of the American Volunteer Group in July 1942, the Flying Tigers valiantly fought the Japanese over the skies of Burma and China. This story contains Robert’s complete war diary. The diary outlines his dramatic experiences from the moment he enlisted in the American Volunteer Group to its disbandment. His story also contains snapshots of the life he led upon his return to his home in Cicero, Illinois

a graphic account of his untimely death

and accounts of how Robert has been remembered through the years.


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