Healing the Military Past

War trauma, real or imagined, affects everyone in the family, for generations. The unwillingness to learn the truth and change our perspective of what really happened, can further cause damage to our souls and those of our descendants.

My job as a military researcher is not always easy. Family stories told to me are not always accurate. Sometimes my radar goes off alerting me that something is very wrong with what I am being told. In other cases, it feels mostly correct. Then there are a few cases of stolen valor where the stories were mostly imagined. Family members do not always respond well to hearing their father, uncle, grandfather, brother, etc. were not who they thought they were.

Recently, I responded to a client about her dad’s military service. After we did the research, my report was written and information analyzed, the story was not what she grew up hearing. She is another case of a child of a veteran seeking evidence to prove her father was exactly who she...

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I Bring Dead Guys Home Book Launch

memoir travel wwii Apr 16, 2019

Available on Amazon with full color photos. (Affiliate link).

I never envisioned in my wildest imagination, a life like the one I have. Who creates a life like this on two continents? Who transforms their reality, business, and life, multiple times in only a few years? Who sticks around when the unimaginable happens right after you meet someone?

Jennifer Holik chose a new path in June 2012 when she moved out with her boys and filed for divorce. She did not expect that six months later, when she acknowledged her spiritual gifts, her entire life would transform. Several dead guys, primarily World War I and World War II service members, had already shown up in Jennifer’s world. Many others entered her life at the exact moment they were required. Listening to their whispers, Jennifer followed the energy and created a life and business no one she knew had dared to create.

Travel through time and space, across the ocean, and through Europe, where love knows no boundaries. On...

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American Graves Registration in WWII

Learn about the Graves Registration Service during World War I and World War II. This section provides resources to understand their job, the records they created, and what happened to our military personnel when they were Killed In Action, were Missing In Action, or died during service. Read about current MIA recovery efforts here.

Need help understanding the history of the Graves Registration Service and the records they created, including the Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF)? We have a book, Finding the Answers in the Individual Deceased Personnel File that can help!

We also have a 10- week online course Finding the Answers in the IDPF.

World War I

A Living Memorial. The American Cemetery at Meuse-Argonne (ABMC Publication)

The Beginnings of the Quartermaster Graves Registration Service

Thesis: Establishing the American Way of Death

World War I Education – World War I Burial Files

WWI Graves Registration Card Registers

Videos:

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Memoir Cover Reveal - I Bring Dead Guys Home

memoir travel wwii Mar 19, 2019

Available 9 April 2019 on Amazon.

I never envisioned in my wildest imagination, a life like the one I have. Who creates a life like this on two continents? Who transforms their reality, business, and life, multiple times in only a few years? Who sticks around when the unimaginable happens right after you meet someone?

Jennifer Holik chose a new path in June 2012 when she moved out with her boys and filed for divorce. She did not expect that six months later, when she acknowledged her spiritual gifts, her entire life would transform.

Several dead guys, primarily World War I and World War II service members, had already shown up in Jennifer’s world. Many others entered her life at the exact moment they were required. Listening to their whispers, Jennifer followed the energy and created a life and business no one she knew had dared to create.

Travel through time and space, across the ocean, and through Europe, where love knows no boundaries. On this journey, Jennifer explores the...

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Researching Women in WWII

Learn about the resources available to trace women’s service across all military branches. Some of the links provided here will be WWII specific.

Articles

The Forgotten Horror of Ravensbrück, The Nazi Concentration Camp for Women

General Resources

Legends of the Flight Nurses of WWII

Minerva Center

National Archives – National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis (Personnel Records, Morning Reports, Payroll Records, Army Air Corps IDPFs and more)

National Archives – Women’s Research Guide

National Women’s History Museum

National World War II Museum – Women at War

Remember the Women Institute

Rutgers Oral History Archive

Sarah Lawrence College Archives: A War Scrapbook

Smithsonian Life on the Home Front – browse this educational section for other lessons that feature women

What Did Grandma Do in the War?

Women Come To the Front

Women in Military Service For America Memorial

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Important News on How We Provide WWII Education

Evaluating our business over the last decade, especially the last six years in which we have provided a tremendous amount of WWI and WWII educational materials, we have decided to change how and where we provide education for military research. Our focus has also shifted in how we help clients with research, processing what is discovered, and writing. While we still provide the highest quality military research available, your options for education now change. What does this mean for you?

WWII Research & Writing Center Website

On this website, the Educational Articles and Videos will remain. We will continue to add articles that help you dig deep into your family and military history. All of our research books will remain and we will continue to update them as records access changes.

Other resources have been moved or removed permanently.

WWII Education Website

This is our online course and webinar website. There are several online military research classes available. Several...

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Researching the OSS in WWII

There are many ways to locate information on OSS members during World War II. Start by requesting their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. Then look for other personnel files at the National Archives in College Park, MD. Search for OSS specific mission reports and other materials at the archives. If the OSS member was Killed In Action or still considered Missing In Action, request their Individual Deceased Personnel File. Investigate online and offline resources. The suggestions and links presented here will get you started on your research. There are many more resources available.

Ask me how I can help you with our WWII research or writing projects.

U.S. Resources

CIA - The OSS and the London "Free Germans"

History of WWII Infiltrations into France

This PDF has a huge list of websites, books, and a table of information. Not to be overlooked as a resource!

Office of Strategic Services Society

U.S. National Archives OSS...

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Why Military Research Is Not Free

I've spent more than 20 years in the genealogy and military research communities and have observed many shifts in the way we research our family's histories. Often the shifts have come in the way records have become accessible. Primarily through online subscription websites. There are many researchers who believe those records should be free and you can do it all yourself without ever hiring a professional researcher. This is not always possible.

For the last five plus years, the accessibility of World War I, World War II, and Korean War records has changed significantly, especially when we talk about the Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF) or service files. No longer do you have to be the next-of-kin to receive these records if the soldier died or was discharged by today's date 62 years ago. However, in cases of researching the Army or Army Air Corps/Army Air Forces or Air Force, just sending in Form 180 will not get you all the answers, especially if the service file burned....

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