12 March 2013

Genealogy Jamboree Speakers - Tim Pinnick

As the days count down to June 7 and the doors open to Jamboree, posts will spotlight the speakers, exhibitors, schedule, and special events of the 44th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. 

In past years we have focused on German, English/UK, Jewish, and American records. This year, our ethnic track will look at record types and research techniques used in African American genealogy.

Today's profile is of Timothy N. Pinnick, who is joining the Jamboree for the first time in 2013. He's usually attending IGHR (Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, so we are very fortunate to have him with us.

Meet Tim Pinnick - email blackminers@yahoo.com

Timothy N. Pinnick is an accomplished researcher, popular national speaker, and author of the book, Finding and Using African American Newspapers. He is the author of more than half a dozen articles, including “Using an Extended Research Project to Reconstruct a Community” which appeared in the Association for Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and most recently “Answers in African American Newspapers” written for Family Tree Magazine.

In October of 2008, at the Western Historical Association conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tim delivered his fifth historical paper. Past papers were delivered at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation, and the Illinois History Conference.

For a number of years Pinnick has been part of the prestigious faculty at the summer Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. June of 2012 marked his fourth appearance as part of the teaching cadre in the course “Researching African American Ancestors”.

In November, 2007 Tim was elected to the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists, completing a two year term. Shortly thereafter, he received a two year appointment to the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies which ended in December of 2011.

Friday 4:30-6:00pm          
FR021 - Finding and Using African American Newspapers
African American newspapers are an underutilized source, yet they hold the key to solving many research problems, along with providing unprecedented insight into the social activities of black communities, both urban and rural.

Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm                      
SA021 - The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!
World War I draft registration cards should be analyzed closely as they contain valuable imbedded pieces of information that can become leads in solving genealogical roadblocks.

Sunday 1:00-2:00pm                         
SU028 - And the Church Said Amen! African American Religious Research
Locating information on African American congregations can be frustrating due to the lack of effective record keeping. However there are a variety of records that can help you overcome the lack of record preservation at the local level.

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