TxSGS Speaker Spotlight: Nick Cimino

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! Online Registration closes TONIGHT, Sunday, October 23rd…grab your spot now!

Nick Cimino

About the Speaker

Nick Cimino is a professional genealogist researching in North America, Italy, U.K. and Ireland. He is a native of California and has resided in Texas since 2010. He conducts research on a wide spectrum of families including those of European, African American and Hispanic ancestry. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and District 4 Representative to TxSGS. He publishes a weekly blog at AncestorPuzzles.com. Five out of his top ten blog posts are related to African American genealogy and history.

His personal genealogical research project was initiated in 1989. His experience includes extensive in- person research in record repositories including but not limited to the U.S. National Archives, Washington, D.C., Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Public Archives of Canada, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and dozens of county courthouses across the United States.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Political Science and History. He studied Historic Preservation at the University of Nevada, Reno. He retired from the State of California as Court Facilities Manager in 2010. His professional responsibilities included historic preservation of courthouse buildings located in 16 counties from Monterey Bay to the Oregon border.

Nick has taught genealogy classes at colleges, seminars and society meetings for over 25 years. Since arriving in Texas, he has offered lectures to societies and libraries throughout the state on a variety of ethnic and methodology topics including African American, Italian, British, Irish, Scottish, German, Census, Civil Records, Church Records, Immigration, Citing Your Sources, Newspapers, Archives and the Genealogical Proof Standard.

About the Sessions

Anatomy of a Slave Narrative-The Recollections of Agatha Babino
Nick will demonstrate how to use information provided in a slave narrative to open the door to genealogical records that tell the rest of the story. The narrative of Agatha Babino from Beaumont, Texas is notable for including the vital details of her life including the names and residences of both parents, all of her siblings and their slave owners.

Reconstructing the 1870 Neighborhood
The 1870 census was the first in American history to enumerate African Americans. A complete examination of the community depicted in the 1870 census is crucial to surmounting the brick wall that faces African Americans researching slave ancestors. Study of the 1870 census is also vitally important to a new historical understanding of the complex relationships of ancestors, both black and white in the Reconstruction period.

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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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