TxSGS 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Tim Pinnick

We are thrilled to introduce you to one of the dynamic speakers teaching at our 2016 Family History Conference in Dallas Texas on October 28-30! Registration opened September 1st...grab your spot now!


2016 TxSGS Speaker Tim Pinnick

About the Speaker

Timothy N. Pinnick is an accomplished researcher, popular national speaker, and author of the book, “Finding and Using African American Newspapers”.

Tim 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, “Answers in African American Newspapers” written for Family Tree Magazine, and most recently “The Carnegie Medal” in NGS Magazine.

In October of 2008, Pinnick delivered his fifth historical paper at the Western Historical 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.

With the exception of the inaugural year, he has taught as part of the prestigious faculty at the summer Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. This year marked his sixth appearance as part of the teaching cadre in the course “Researching African American Ancestors”. Tim accepted an assignment in 2013 as part of the inaugural Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute staff. There he served as an instructor in the Pre and Post Emancipation Records track.

Pinnick is a member of numerous historical and genealogical associations, and received an appointment to the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies which ended in December, 2011.

The 1976 Illinois state high school long jump champion, he was a four year athletic scholarship recipient at Illinois State University and a 1980 Olympic Trials qualifier in the long jump. He can be reached via e-mail at: blackminers@yahoo.com.

About the Sessions

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

Researching African Americans in Civilian Conservation Camp Newspapers
CCC newspapers were a fixture in the thousands of camps across the country in the 1930s and 1940s. Many of them survived to provide a great source of information and compliment the 2012 release of the 1940 census.

Maximizing Your Reach: African American Research in University Libraries
Rarely will a researcher find such diversity of resources as they are apt to find at a university library. Rich microfilm collections, remarkable databases, and extended research hours are just a few of the reasons you’ll soon be hooked!

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Miranda Whited

Miranda Whited

Communications Intern at TxSGS
Miranda Whited is the Spring and Summer 2016 communications intern for the Texas State Genealogical Society. Miranda is interested in public outreach, archival work, and museum studies. She currently attends the University of Texas at Austin studying History, English, and Anthropology.
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