December 9, 2009 at 10:22 am (African American history, Education, Resources)
Tags: African American, black newspapers, black veterans, freemen, genealogy, Illinois history, Tim Pinnick
Tim Pinnick, a very talented genealogist from Illinois, has added two more publications to his roster of writings: The Black Genealogist and Black Newspaper Notes. These ezines are his latest offerings to interested researchers of African American history. You may remember Tim as the author of Finding and Using African American Newspapers, a handy volume detailing the availability of black newspapers and the gems they contain. Once again he has come out with a useful set of publications filled with links, stories, and reviews of interesting books and materials pertaining to the history and culture of the black American.
In the inaugural issue of The Black Genealogist Tim reviews the book Here I Lay My Burdens Down: A History of the Black Cemeteries of Richmond, Virginia. You will have to judge for yourself, but I know I want to read it. Black Newspaper Notes doesn’t disappoint either — the ezine is loaded with links to sites containing black newspapers as well as explaining why you should visit them. An article at the bottom reviews the Indianapolis Freeman and particularly its stories on the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers which details the types of genealogical and social history information found in these newspapers that really puts the flesh on the bones of your ancestors while in many cases giving you a family structure. Fascinating.
You can find out more about Tim and sign up for his publications here:
June 13, 2008 at 8:16 am (Resources)
Tags: Library of Virginia, Records Restrictions
I received this information from Khadijah Matin, President of AAHGS, as well as Leona Martin, President of AAHGS-NE. Your help is needed to ensure researchers are able to continue to use digital cameras to make copies of documents at the library. The next board meeting is June 16th so time is of the essence. Emailed letters of support can be sent to: Sandra.Treadway@lva.virginia.gov.
Bill Shelton wrote:
I was alerted on Wednesday, (by Shirley Wilcox, President of the
Virginia Genealogical Society), of a potential crisis which we as
genealogists are about to experience at the Library of Virginia - unless
we do something immediately. The issue is that the Library of Virginia
staff is concerned about the use of digital cameras. The stated
specific concern is that some of the resulting images find their way to
the internet and are not representative of the quality desired by the
Library of Virginia; even if credit is given to the Library of Virginia.
However, the real concern might be associated with the lost of revenue.
Please send your concerns to the Library. Maybe we can change their
minds. The next Library of Virginia Board meeting will be June 16th.
At that time, Peter Broadbent, the past president of VGS will distribute
copies of the VGS letter to those in attendance. Please address your
Ms. Sandra G. Treadway
Librarian of Virginia
The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1905
Folks, we all know the important of documents archived in the Library of
Virginia. Therefore, this is something that really should concern us.
Also, as you all are aware, we can do so much with our digital cameras
while on research trips. It would be a shame to loose this capability.
It should be noted that the Library of Congress and the National
Archives allow the use of digital cameras and in some cases, even
Well, I hope you will take the time to send a letter. Sorry, Iâ€™m just
getting this to you. Because of the storm, we had no electricity for
the past couple of days.