Military Records research can often be a large part of your genealogy research. Many of us might focus on the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American War, Civil War and other more distant past wars that our ancestors may have been involved in as participants.
World War I and World War II research can now be a large part of our own research in a more contemporaneous manner because of their proximity to our own lives. It really is hard to believe that World War I is actually being commemorated with the 100th year anniversary this year in 2014.
Jennifer Holik is known for her expertise in World War I and World II military records research. She was recently interviewed extensively by the local Daily Herald newspaper about the very subject. I think reading the article about the subject is something that could really help you in your own approach to searching for the World War I and World War II records that may be out there related to your more recent ancestors (and many that are still with us who served so honorably in world War II).
Jennifer will be coming to our library on Tuesday Evening, May 12, 2015 and Tuesday evening, November 10, 2015 and making her presentations related to World War I and World War II Military Research for genealogy.
Here is a link to the September 30, 2014 online version of the article interviewing Jennifer Holik:
The article was published in the “real” paper version of the Daily Herald on October 2, 2014 in the Neighborhood Section of the issue.
I encourage you to take note of the series of Q & A that appears in the article past the initial paragraphs. I thought there was some very good questions posed and some equally great responses from Jennifer. If nothing else you actually do have a good chance of making some military records discoveries from World War I and World War II. All of the records did not burn in a fire. Plus you now have more open accessibility to the records, no longer having to show you are next of kin when the records you seek are for someone who has died or who was discharged by 1952.
You can also visit the website of Jennifer Holik and take a look at her “Resources” and “World War II Toolbox” links to obtain further help in your quest for tracking down World War I and World War II Military Records.
I am looking forward to having Jennifer at our library in May and November 2015 to make her presentations. Her expertise and popularity continue to grow and grow! Jennifer notes her upcoming visits and presentations in her website noted above.
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