Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional, lecturer, author, and the owner of The World War II Research and Writing Center. She is also the Genealogy Department Manager at Casa Italia, the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park, IL. Jennifer specializes in Chicago ancestors, Italians, and writing family histories. Jennifer has a BA in History from Missouri University of Science and Technology. With over 20 years of research and writing experience, Jennifer enjoys blogging and writing books on genealogical topics.
Jennifer published a set of genealogy textbooks for kids, adults, and genealogy societies and libraries in 2012. She has also authored a number of articles for local and national genealogical publications. In 2013 she plans to publish a new book about her military ancestors.
Jennifer lectures in the Chicagoland area on ways to use technology with genealogy, kids genealogy, house histories, and finishing the stories of your military ancestors. One of Jennifer’s passions is bringing the love of genealogy and family history to the next generation. By teaching genealogy to parents, children, homeschool families, teachers, and genealogical societies she is sharing her passion with others.
Jennifer Holik authors The In-Depth Genealogist's monthly "Stories From the Battlefield" column and shares her resources and expertise through IDG’s kids resources and blog posts.
Go In-Depth with Jennifer Holik:
What is your saddest ancestor story?
My saddest ancestor stories are the military stories. I’m currently writing a book about five of my military ancestors who died in service. It is difficult and extremely emotional to write about these Soldier Dead. There are so many pieces I need to add or discuss more in-depth. It will be the best book I’ve written for my personal research though when it is done.
What is your social media tool of choice for genealogy?
Twitter is probably my favorite but I have been spending a lot of time on FaceBook as I launch the new genealogy department at Casa Italia.
What is your one tip for transitional genealogists?
Find a mentor you trust. This person should have experience in things you wish to learn. No one is an expert in everything though so understand you may need multiple mentors over time. But find that one who will be your biggest cheerleader through the whole process. They might also become your best friend and dramatically change your life.
What are your feelings about adding non-blood related lines into your research? (ie...adoptive, step families, etc...)
They should be added, researched and discussed. One of my military ancestors is a step-cousin and not blood related to me. His sacrifice in WWII should never be forgotten so it doesn’t matter to me that he isn’t blood – he should be remembered.
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Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional, lecturer, author, and the owner of The World War II Research and Writing Center. For clients, Jennifer specializes in Chicago Italians and writing family histories. Jennifer published a set of genealogy textbooks for kids, adults, genealogy societies and libraries in 2012. Jennifer is available for lectures in the Chicagoland area. Jennifer is the author of many featured articles including the "Stories From the Battlefield" column on The In-Depth Genealogist.