Genealogy for Kids and Free Beginning Genealogy Classes – Motivation Monday

What does Jennifer Holik do when she’s not preparing for Genealogy Day?   Answer: She writes genealogy books.

Yes, she’s published a group of how-to ebooks on Amazon, a non-fiction a World War II account entitled To Soar with the Tigers and has now tackled the most intriguing market of all: genealogy for children.

Holik’s Branching Out series provides parents and educators with the tools they need to teach genealogical research skills to children and teens.  Six textbooks are currently available in the series, and each title melds the fundamentals of genealogy with interactive and enjoyable activities.  The intent of each book is to promote genealogy concepts with goal setting, vocabulary, reading assignments, and interactive assignments and activities.

The Branching Out series of books begins with six paperback textbooks which are also available as a PDF or PowerPoint download. The PowerPoint files, which were created with the visual and hands-on learner in mind, contain the same information as the textbooks with a few fun and interactive extras.

The books are available on CreateSpace in paperback form at the links provided. The PDF and PowerPoint files are available at the Generations Store.  Book prices range from $24.95 to $34.95 in print format and $17.95 to $24.95 in electronic format.

Holik will publish a series of Branching Out lessons for Adults in April with additional books for families, genealogical societies, and educators to be published later in 2012.

Jennifer Holik will be a guest author and speaker at to Fountaindale Public Library events this April.  She will be on hand to sign books and answer questions at FPLD’s Author Fair on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  She will also be one of the featured speaker’s at this year’s Genealogy Day on Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m.  Holik will be available in the afternoon on April 21 to sign copies of her book in the exhibit room.   For more information visit the Generations Blog.

IN OTHER NEWS: Sign up today for Fountaindale Library’s Free Beginning Genealogy Class on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.  You’ll learn basic genealogy research techniques, and our knowledgeable staff will be available to assist you with answering your tough family history questions.  For more information or to register, please call (630) 685-4176.

See You At The Library!


About Fountaindale Public Library District's Genealogy Blog

The Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog transmits research tips, notes, and other useful information for genealogy, family history, and local history researchers. This blog is maintained and authored by Adult and Teen Services Manager Debra M. Dudek, and contains publications and postings by Circulation Manager Theresa Hildebrand, Children's Services Assistant Cathy Gonsowski, and School Program Associate Laura Didier. The Fountaindale Public Library District offers numerous resources for the public, including books, materials, database access, a monthly genealogy club, and free programming. The Genealogy Club also offers volunteer research assistance by appointment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library at (630) 685-4176 or by e-mail at
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