Programs & Webinars

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CST (17:00 Amsterdam time)

Webinar: Stories of the Lost

Register here. There will be a $19.95 fee for this webinar. A replay will be available for three days after the webinar.

What happened to our soldiers, sailors, and Marines who died in World War II? What policies and procedures were, and were not, in place to handle our valiant dead? Who took care of these men and women who were killed? Why and how did some soldiers return to the United States, while others still sleep overseas? Why are some still considered Missing In Action or unrecoverable?

In this engaging and informative presentation, Jennifer shares:

A trip through time, exploring the service history of James Privoznik, who was Killed In Action 11 January 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Discuss the history of the Graves Registration Service and their job during and after World War II.
  • Show and teach you what the IDPF (Individual Deceased Personnel File) is, and how it can help you reconstruct service, and understand what happened to your deceased soldier.
  • Learn why records and personal effects may not exist.
  • Resources for the Prisoners, the Missing, and the Dead.

Note: This program is not suitable for children.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CST/8:00 p.m. EST

Webinar: Finding the Answers Journey Book Club “Three Slovak Women”

Registration link coming soon. There will be a $9.95 fee for this webinar. A replay will be available for three days after the webinar.

As part of our book club series, I will interview Lisa Alzo about her book Three Slovak Women. The book club registration contains a handout with questions and writing prompts to guide your reading and follow-up writing prompts to help you explore your family history and self, in deeper ways.

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. CST/8:00 p.m. EST

Webinar: Navigating Military Records on Fold3

Register using this link. There will be a $19.95 fee for this webinar. A replay will be available for three days after the webinar.

One place many people begin research for their World War II service member is online. While most of the records you need to reconstruct service history are not available online, you can find clues and unit or contextual information to add to your soldier’s story. Tools and strategies will be taught to help you dive deeper into Fold3 to discover military records for your service members. While this workshop is WWII focused, everything taught will apply to WWI, Korea, and Vietnam.

Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. CST/8:00 p.m. EST and Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST

Webinar: Walking In Their Footsteps

Register here. There will be a $29.95 fee for this 2-part webinar. A replay will be available.

Traveling to Europe to walk in your WWII service member's footsteps is a life changing experience. Did you know there is a correct way to prepare for this journey? In this workshop you will learn:

Part 1: Preparing for the Journey (April 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm CST)

  1. Learn the steps required to research prior to your trip. Explore how this saves your time & money.
  2. Explore research possibilities.
  3. Learn how to put context to your research.
  4. Learn tips and tricks to planning your travel.
  5. Explore how to document your journey.
  6. Explore next steps when you return home.

Part 2: Panelist Discussion (April 6, 2019, at 12:00 pm CST)

We will have several panelists discussing with Jennifer tips for planning travel, how to connect with European researchers, and make the most of your experience.

Panelists:

  • Terri O'Connell of Cruise Planners.
  • Phil Rosenkrantz. Researcher, Writer & Traveler.
  • Reinier Groeneveld, 46th Armored Medical Bn 4th Armored Division Researcher in Europe
  • A couple more to be named.........

After you purchase this webinar, you will be given access to the product "Walking In Their Footsteps April 2019 Webinar" in your Library. The replays will be placed there when they are ready. There is no time limit to watch the replays.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Glenview Library (Illinois)

Finding the Answers: World War II Online

One place many people begin research for their World War II service member is online. While most of the records you need to reconstruct service history are not available online, you can find clues and unit or contextual information to add to your soldier’s story. Many people also connect with living family members of soldiers buried in ABMC cemeteries through online resources.

In this program, Jennifer will:

  • Explain some myths and common questions about online research.
  • Explain how to research using the collections on Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.
  • Discuss other places you can find information online and how that can lead to offline resources.
  • Explain where and how to connect with other researchers or European grave adopters.
  • Discuss using social media to locate information.

The tips you learn in this program will help you with any digitized record set.

Disclaimer: Book links are affiliate links and I earn a small royalty off each sale. This does not affect the price you pay.

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