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MILITARY RESEARCH BOOKS

Have you researched the service of your World War II Soldier, Airman, Sailor, Marine, or Civilian? If not, why? What’s stopping you from learning what your soldier did in the war? The 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis? If that is what is holding you back, you should know there are many resources to reconstruct your soldier’s service history.

No matter what branch of service or war your family member served in, there are resources to help you learn how to do the research step-by-step and also write the story. Everything taught in these books, while WWII based – applies to WWI, Korea, and Vietnam also.

This month start working on your research and writing with three great resources. You will not find books that walk you through the steps of your WWI, WWII, Korea or Vietnam service member military research anywhere else. I have written and published more than 20 books to help guide your genealogy and military research and writing.

Pick your copies up today and explore my website for full examples of military documents and files, and additional free resources for research and writing. Feel free to share your favorite website resource in the comments!

Our books are available on bol.com in Europe and also Amazon around the world.

Explore all 20+ of our books on the website.

Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 1: Reconstructing Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Service Records

Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 2: Navigating Service Records for the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Merchant Marines

Stories from the World War II Battlefield Volume 3: Writing the Stories of War

Faces of War: Researching Your Adopted Soldier A book specifically for the ABMC grave adopters in Europe!


HIRE US TO RESEARCH YOUR VETERAN

Contact us for information and to set up your free phone consultation today!

© 2020 Research A Veteran

I am excited to announce that registration is open for my new 2020 short story writing groups! These groups began in January 2020 and will have a rolling enrollment as space is available.

A 6-month commitment is required. Be sure to watch the video in the registration page to learn more about why writing is transformational for your research, life, and family.

Roots and War Writers Group

Two exclusive writing groups limited to 8 people.

Two date/time options for participation.

Roots and War Writers Group will help participants take their stories, articles, and blog posts, to a deeper level by exploring topics beyond the basics of genealogy or military history.

View additional details and register here.

 

© 2020 World War II Research and Writing Center

Why Use Themes?

  • They help you organize thoughts.
  • Secondly, they help you create interview questions.
  • Thirdly, they may guide a family gathering and conversation.
  • Fourth, they create an outline for a story or book.

Writing Themes

My invitation to you:

Take these writing themes and craft some interview or journaling questions around them. See where each leads you and begin to craft your story.  Download a writing theme worksheet to get you started!


Top 10 U.S. Writing Themes

Prompt Themes for United States Writers

  • Life on the Home Front Before, During & After the War
  • Community Impact
  • Women in the War
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Communication
  • Propaganda
  • War Orphans, War Widows, and Adoptions
  • Remembrance of the Fallen
  • Honoring the Veterans
  • Memories of Post-War Generations

Top 10 European Writing Themes

 

  • Life Before, During & After the War
  • Occupation or Annexation
  • Propaganda
  • Resistance
  • Persecution
  • War Orphans and Adoptions
  • Memories of the Post-War Generations
  • Preserving the Memories
  • Memorials and Monuments
  • Liberation Ceremonies

© 2019 Jennifer Holik

Let Us Help


Are you ready to learn the bigger picture of your family member’s military service?

Email us at  info@wwiirwc.com to set up your free phone consultation today to discuss project options, fees, and time.


 

 

 

 

JOURNAL TO HEAL YOURSELF AND YOUR ANCESTORS


Journaling has been something I have been doing since I was a little girl. Not consistently though until the last few years. My early journals were typical of a girl moving into puberty, Jr. High and High School, with talk of which boy was the cutest, drama with friends and siblings, and my dreams for the future. In High School they became much more. An outlet to describe frustrations in my family life (typical teenager complaints), a safe place to explore the larger world and my gigantic dreams which were too large and out there for most people in my life. I’m sure most people who knew me then, thought I was crazy for having such big dreams and growing up in such a small town.

After I became an adult, the journals changed again as an even more safe place to talk about my fears, sadness, guilt, shame, mistakes, anger, and dreams. When I had my first child, miscarriages, and later twins, the journals became a place to express all I had before, adding marriage troubles, and my hopes and dreams for my children.

When I moved out in June 2012 to get divorced and start a new life, I had a relatively new and thriving business. The journals became a place to work through all the changes in my life, express my fears in being a single mother and business owner, channeling my relatives and guides as I transitioned into a more authentic version of who I was. They also became a place to create many things for my business, which shifted from genealogy to WWI and WWII research, speaking, and writing.

My journaling has been so intense the last several years, so vulnerable and open, that I have personally changed a great deal, as have those around me. As we heal ourselves, others heal too, even if we are unaware it is happening. I channel the soldiers when they show up asking for help. The research and writing, and even the programs I teach, heal the living and the dead.

The journals that have shown up and gifted to me since December are also full of magic. I ask them before I write in them, what do you want from me? The last journal I filled told me I had to be more open, honest, and vulnerable about everything and share the journal with my fiancé! That was a scary concept because I don’t share my journals. Yet I knew if I could be vulnerable and authentic, and share my writing with him, I would be able to share more of myself with the world when the time was right.

Do you know what happened when he read the journal? We both healed. I didn’t die of fright or shame or guilt over anything I wrote. He didn’t head for the hills and never speak to me again. The entire process allowed me to move into a place I had never been. A very good place.

We are all works in progress. As I shift more each day into a more authentic, aware version of myself, a healer, mother, soon to be wife, daughter, friend, business owner, the people entering my reality is shifting and changing. Clients are showing up asking for military research but also so much more. I’m hearing words and phrases:

I’m looking for answers, closure, peace, healing.

Words they put into their stories when we talk include: answers, closure, peace, healing, shame, guilt, fear, anger, love, trauma, PTSD, inherited trauma, resolution, secrets, pain, and many more.

I’m trying to understand WHO my father really was. Why our relationship was as it was. WHO I am after learning all this.

These secrets were kept for so long. What do I do with them? How do I resolve the past and understand?

Would you please write a summary of my dad’s service to be read at his military funeral?

At least a few of my new clients are journaling about their lives, families, trauma (both their own and inherited), and research on their family members. Some of them use journaling to understand the past to heal it and themselves. Others use it to also record their journey through the research, the questions and answers, and healing, in preparation to write a book or walk in Europe where their soldier walked (and often died.)

When we think of genealogical or military research, we often focus only on the research and adding information to our family tree. Too often we choose not to write anything. It becomes a single short fact in a tree or database.

What would happen if we had a journal dedicated to our research? A safe place to document our progress, questions, answers, hidden family secrets, and all the shame, guilt, anger, hate, and even LOVE that arises throughout the process?

Are you using journaling for your research? How has it helped you? What tips do you have for others who are ready to start this process of research and healing?

 

 

Let Us Help


Are you ready to learn the bigger picture of your family member’s military service?

Email us at info@wwiirwc.com to set up your free phone consultation today to discuss project options, fees, and time.

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© 2019 Jennifer Holik