Friday, March 2, 2018

World War II Research with Jennifer Holik

I ran into World War II expert, Jennifer Holik at the RootsTech registration desk. She told me about the four-part series of WWII talks she’s giving at RootsTech. When I made a comment about my grandfather’s WWI service during the conversation, she responded that everything she discusses is applicable to WWI and the Korean Conflict as well. I've attended three of her talks and am planning on being at the last one tomorrow. By the way, her husband is a WWII re-enactor from The Netherlands.

Jennifer’s first talk, Finding the Answers: The Basics of World War II Research, was live-streamed. If you’re interested learning about your WWII ancestor’s experience (or WWI or Korea), watch this video when they post it at You’ll learn a ton about the methodology of military research.

Here are a couple of things that I learned:
·      Europeans feel a debt of gratitude to our American soldiers for liberating their country today. They are very willing to help and if you visit, make contact with some of the experts ahead of time. They will take you around to the places where your serviceman fought.
·      Men served in many units throughout the war. The unit that is on their final papers is only the last unit. Remember this when researching your ancestor’s military service.

For more information, Jennifer’s website is WWII Research and Writing Center at

Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton was our keynote this morning. If you missed the live stream, watch it when it’s posted at I was thoroughly immersed in what he had to say and so didn’t take any notes. All I can say is, he is an amazing human being. The talk he gave is one of a kind for RootsTech where he shared thoughts and experiences about growing up, skating, life challenges and family. You don’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned for upcoming posts, especially the interview with I participated in with Scott.

Last but not least, my talk on Google Photos from yesterday (Thursday) is now online at RootsTech.


Disclaimer: I (Michelle Goodrum) am a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks. All opinions are my own.

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