Genealogist and historian Tim Pinnick will help attendees further their family tree research during his presentation, “Exploring Your African American Cultural Heritage and Discovering Family Ties” 6 p.m. March 16 in the Pender County Library branch in Burgaw.
The free program is expected to be an hour long.
Pinnick has worked with the New Hanover County Remembrance Project to shed light on the stories of the victims of the 1898 Wilmington Coup and track down the living descendants.
Pinnick is the author of “Finding and Using African American Newspapers” and 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 National Genealogical Society Magazine, according to information provided by the library.
In 2019, he became the coordinator and facilitator of a landmark workshop course entitled “Building an African American Research Toolbox” for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. He has presented at history conferences including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History conference in 2019, and spoke at the Federation of Genealogical Society Conferences, Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conferences.
The program is presented in partnership the University of North Carolina Wilmington Office of the Arts and William Madison Randall Library as part of the NEA Big Read Cape Fear grant initiative, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The title for this year’s NEA Big Read Cape Fear is “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. Free copies of the book will be given away at the event on a first come, first served basis.
For more information or assistance, call Pender County Library’s Burgaw location at 910-259-1234 or Hampstead branch 910-270-4603 during regular business hours.