In 2020 I am teaching my military research webinars one final time. I have chosen to focus on other areas of the military and family story this year. If you would like to learn correct strategies and processes to research WWI, WWII, Korea or Vietnam, this is your last chance for LIVE training you’ll get nowhere else in the country.

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Webinar: Military Service in Context 1 February – Part 2 of the research process. This is for people who already purchased the 11 January Researching Individual Military Service webinar. https://www.wwiieducation.com/finding-the-answers-wwii-serv…

Webinar: The Prisoners, The Missing & The Dead 15 February https://www.wwiieducation.com/prisoners-missing-dead-webinar

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Many of the clients who work with me over the last few years have sought deeper answers. They come to the research consultation with family stories, secrets, perhaps lies they discovered. They come with questions wondering who really was my father or mother? Sometimes the research itself provides secrets that were hidden for decades, or answers that change the perception a client has on their family member or even, themselves. This can cause grief, a sense of loss, sense of abandonment, trigger PTSD, and many other things.

Research Services

We offer many research and writing services. Each project is customized for the client because each client has different needs.

  • Locate, analyze, and interpret World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam records across all branches for military personnel, including individual soldier records, company records, and unit records.
  • Reconstruct service history, placing pieces of your service member’s puzzle together, even when the records burned! We find the answers where other firms do not.
  • Help you locate information you didn’t realize you had and sort out your family stories.
  • Help you process the emotions that rise through your family stories, the research, and final results.
  • Help you plan a trip to Europe to walk in your soldier’s footsteps.
    • Connect you with researchers and tour guides in Europe to learn more about your soldier’s story or visit the battlefields.
    • Can’t visit Europe? We can go where you soldier was to document the journey.
  • Write and publish a book about your family or soldier or assist you with the project.

So What is Upgraded?

Many of our clients discover things through the research they did not know or that changes what they knew. We now offer resources to clients from the start of the project, to help them process what they learn.

First, not every client receives news from the research that changes their world or shatters the image of their family member. I am seeing a rise in what clients require for support over the last two years and feel resources are necessary. To learn more about this, you can read two articles I recently wrote. More details from the Zoom professionals calls will be coming as new resources are developed within the group.

Each new client will receive an intake type of worksheet asking them to write notes about their project, their family member and themselves. I encourage this at the start of the project. Some clients will learn things they were not expecting, so having a baseline to refer to later is helpful in processing their emotions and the new information.

Additionally, each client will receive an exit worksheet asking similar and different questions to help them to continue processing the information learned. Where necessary, additional resources will be provided.

For clients who would like a more personalized approach to understanding and working through the research, I offer one-one facilitation sessions where we focus on your research, the results, your stories, what it brought up for you, and we move through this in various ways. Explore our Facilitation Services to learn more.

Disclaimer: I am not a therapist and that is not my role in the facilitation. I can provide resources but they should not be taken as medical advice. Some clients with disturbing and life altering results may need to seek professional help to work through things.

Can I help you with your research?

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. You can also sign-up for our free newsletter and receive the Start Writing Your Military Story Today free!

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I’m taking several classes around ancestral lineage healing, grief, loss, boundaries, and embodiment. Some of this is for myself and some of it is for my clients. Family and military history for many people today is not just about names, dates, and places or battles fought. There are deeper issues, lies, secrets, questions, unknowns that my clients seek answers and closure to.

If you would like to know more about my work check out my websites that focus on educational materials, deeper questions, online courses and webinars. Consider joining the email lists to be the first to know about upcoming new programs.

Learn how I can help you

Are you ready to learn the bigger picture of your family member’s military service? There are many ways we can help you with research – we offer full service history research, we can help with evaluating what you have to prepare a research plan for you to do some of it yourself, we can help you write the stories. Just email us at the address below to schedule a free phone consult to discuss options.

Want to travel in your service member’s footsteps? We are a firm with not only hands-on document experience but also travel experience and can connect you with a guide or suggest places to stay and visit. We are taking new clients and can help you find the answers and tell a deeper story about your family member. Email us at info@wwiirwc.com to set up your free phone consultation today to discuss project options, fees, and time.

© 2019 Jennifer Holik

 

EXPLORING THE DEATH RECORDS FOR WORLD WAR I


It has been more than 100 years since the U.S. entered World War I. Because of this anniversary, many people are beginning to investigate their World War I soldier’s history. A lot of people think all the records burned, as was the case with many World War II personnel files. While the fire did destroy some World War I files, there are still so many other records you can obtain.

Did you know that all soldiers, sailors, and Marines who died or are still considered Missing In Action (MIA) in World War I have a death record called a Burial File? This is the World War I equivalent of the World War II Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). This is one file you want if your soldier, sailor, or Marine died during the war.

A couple of years ago on my WWII site, I wrote an article about U.S. Army Transports. These USAT transported both living soldiers and the dead. My great grand uncle, Michael Kokoska was one such soldier.

The Burial File contains information on a soldier’s death, temporary burial overseas, correspondence from the family, and final burial details. Michael Kokoska’s contains a lot of handwritten letters from his parents begging for word on his burial location and return of his remains. The letters are heart breaking.

There is also a document, written a year after Michael died, about the cause of his death. Is this really what happened? Perhaps. For now it is all I have to go on about the cause of his death. While Michael’s file was difficult and sad to read, it provided a lot of information on his service.

Wold you like to know more? View the Burial File for Michael Kokoska. Watch a short video about Michael.

Would you like to know more about Michael and his life? In my book, Stories of the Lost, you can read Michael’s full story.

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REASONS TO CREATE A TIMELINE

  • First, it organizes all your information in one place.
  • Secondly, a timeline provides a visual representation of the overall military service.
  • Thirdly, you will see gaps & errors in your research.
  • Fourth, you will start asking more questions about your family member.
  • Fifth, you will be able to create new research plans to tell a deeper, more complete story.

CREATING A TIMELINE OF MILITARY SERVICE

One of the most important things you can do when you start researching, is to create a timeline of service.


DOCUMENT YOUR SOURCES

I encourage you to write a source citation for every fact you list in your timeline. This is important so you know exactly where information came from, especially if you need to refer to it again.

It also provides a paper trail for others to reference should they want to recreate your work.

Additionally, a bibliography of sources used should be created.

CREATE YOUR TIMELINE


Start with a simple table that shows the Date, Unit/Location, and Notes. The Date is the date of the record that has information you need. Unit/Location is the unit in which the service member served at that time and where. For Navy personnel this could only be the name of a Ship or Station. A Ship is at sea a Station is a land-based facility.

The Notes column is the important information contained in the document that explains what happened to the service member.

Finally, put a footnote in at the end of the NOTE so you can reference where the fact came from. It can be as simple as the File name and the document on which you located the information. The point of having a source is so you know exactly where you found the information in the first place so you can refer to it when you have conflicting dates and events.

IMPORTANT!

It is also good to note if a document does not have a date but has a date/time stamp on it. Some Navy records come undated but with date/time stamps, which show a date after the original document was sent. Keep in mind, in those days, communication was not fast as it is today with instant messages, Twitter, and Facebook.

EXAMPLE TIMELINE

 

1944    
10 January 1944 Unit: HQ Co 51st AIB

Station: Enroute overseas

The unit disembarked at Newport, England at 2000.[i]
11 January 1944 Station: Enroute to barracks location The unit arrived at Sandridge Park, Camp Wiltshire England at 0130.[ii] The unit remained here for several months.
17 March 1944 Station: Sandridge Park, Camp Wiltshire, England 1st Lt James Pomfret from duty to leave for 5 days.[iii]
22 March 1944 Station: Sandridge Park, Camp Wiltshire, England James to duty from leave.[iv]
4 May 1944 Station: Sandridge Park, Camp Wiltshire, England James from absent sick 217th General Hospital to TD (temp duty) Preston Hall near Uppingham Rutlandshire. Unit was alerted for departure.[v]
4-18 May 1944 Station: Preston Hall near Uppingham Rutlandshire  
19 May 1944 Station: Sandridge Park, Camp Wiltshire, England James returned from TD at Preston Hall.[vi]
30 June 1944 Station: Sandridge Park Camp 2 mi E Melksham Wilts 21-29 June usual camp duties. 30 June Company attended USO show in the area.[vii]
7 July 1944 Station: Cadland Park Hants 1 ½ mi W Fawley Unit left Sandridge Camp at 0440. Arrived B Marshalling Area 1330. Preparing to go to the continent.[viii]
10 July 1944 Station: Pier 44 Old Docks Southampton Hants Unit left Marshalling Area B at 0930 and proceeded to Southampton. Arrived 1300.[ix]
11 July 1944 Station: Solent Anchorage Southampton Harbor Unit boarded SS John R Parks Liberty Ship at 1000 at Pier 41 Old Docks Southampton Harbor. Left dock at 1230 took place in convoy in harbor.[x]
12 July 1944 Station: Ancorage off Utah Beach Unit left Southampton Harbor at 0830 and crossed Channel. Dropped anchor off Utah Beach at 2045.[xi]
13 July 1944 Station: 1 mi N Canville-la-Rocque, France Unit started unloading at 1715. Left ship at 1855. Beached at 1913. Unloaded at 2005 at Utah Beach.[xii]

[i] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 10 Jan 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[ii] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 11 Jan 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[iii] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 17 Mar 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[iv] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 22 Mar 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[v] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 4 May 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[vi] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 19 May 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[vii] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 30 June 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[viii] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 7 July 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[ix] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 10 July 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[x] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 11 July 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[xi] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 12 July 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

[xii] Company Morning Report HQ Co 51st AIB dated 13 July 1944. National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO.

 

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