The African American Genealogical Society Fort Wayne is celebrating ten years in a very big way! They are sponsoring family history expert Timothy Pinnick to present an engaging and informative group of program at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center on February 22 & 23, 2020. The program suite is entitled, “African American Genealogy & Black Church Records.”

Tim Pinnick is a book author, article writer, and national speaker with more than thirty-five years overall research experience including work in 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. Tim truly is a nationally recognized author, researcher, and lecturer. His passion for history and research in evident in all his works.

All of three of the programs are free. We strongly encourage you to reserve your place. You can do so through Eventbrite.
The schedule for the weekend is below.
Saturday, February 22 – 10 a.m.: "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. Receive links, tips, and strategies to guide you through newspaper research.

Saturday, February 22 – 2 p.m.: "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 – 2 p.m.: "’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.