Presents the details of a long-term project revolving around the collection of information on a group of (African Americans) miners in a specific community into a major database of integrated genealogical data, using WWI cards, vital records and newspaper material as the core, with the goal of constructing, in essence, the genealogy of a community.
Although, Pinnick’s project focused on African Americans, the techniques and records used are relevant and useful for any community.
About our Speaker
Tim Pinnick is a researcher and writer with more than 25 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories. In 2008 he authored his first book, Finding and Using African American Newspapers (Gregath Publishing), and is the author of more than half a dozen articles. Having spent 10 years as a public school teacher, Tim brings a wealth of teaching experience to the course.
As an independent scholar, Tim has presented five historical papers on African American related subjects. The most recent one, "Reconstructing the African American Community of Thurber", Texas was given at the 2008 Western History Association Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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. In 2009 he returned to the Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation Conference in Seattle, Washington, to deliver the keynote address titled "African American History: The Rest of the Story".
Tim has extensive lecture experience on a variety of topics and has been a presenter at over a dozen national and regional genealogy conferences coast to coast including the National Genealogical Society Conference in 2006 and the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conferences in 2007-2009.
A member of numerous historical and genealogical associations, he currently maintains the African American Coal Miner Information Center a website he created in 2003, as well as serving as the webmaster for the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago. In November, 2007 he was elected to the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists for region 2.
The former 1976 Illinois state high school track and field champion and 1980 Olympic Trials qualifier in the long jump, currently divides his time between researching and coaching the sprinters and jumpers of the Downers Grove South girls track team in the western suburbs of Chicago.