African American Genealogy Research & Black Church Records


Join us for a weekend of discovery!

The African American Genealogical Society Fort Wayne presents author, national speaker and family history expert Timothy Pinnick, February 22-23 in the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. RSVP required. Lectures are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Saturday, February 22: 10AM "The Ancestor Hunt and Chronicling America" - Newspaper Research Imperative. Learn to quickly determine which newspapers exist in your geographic areas of interest and the repositories holding them and receive tips and strategies, links and how-to tutorials to guide you through newspaper research.

Saturday, February 22: 2PM "Using Newspapers as Part of the African American Research Process" Newspapers both black and mainstream are an extremely valuable part of the African American research strategy. Learn 25 key tips, strategies and resources designed to empower you to uncover more about your ancestors.

Sunday, February 23: 2PM "And the Church Said AMEN!" - African American Religious Research. Locating information on African American congregations can be frustrating. Learn how to overcome the lack of record preservation at the local level with a variety of records and effective research strategies.*Church representatives are encouraged to attend to share local church history and learn more about history preservation.

SEATING IS LIMITED. Reserve your tickets TODAY!

Timothy N. Pinnick is a book author, article writer, and national speaker with more than 35 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories. In 2019, Tim was the coordinator and facilitator of a landmark workshop course entitled “Building an African American Research Toolbox.” He has presented papers at large history conferences, the most recent at the 2019 Association for the Study of African American Life and History conference, in Charleston, SC.