Tim Pinnick Launches The Black Genealogist and Black Newspaper Notes

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:


Digital Library of Georgia Puts Three Historic Newpapers Online Free

From the AfriGeneas site:

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the free online availability of three historic Georgia newspapers: the Macon Telegraph Archive,
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/telegraph, the Columbus Enquirer Archive,http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/enquirer, and the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive, http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/milledgeville. Additional newspaper digitization projects are currently underway and will be announced as they become available online. For more information, please contact http://www.galileo.usg.edu/contact/.

Links in the November/Decmeber 2008 Issue of AAHGS News

Here is the list of weblinks for the articles appearing in the November/December 2008 issue of AAHGS News:

p. 3:  “Black Studies” NARA Catalog:  www.estore.archives.gov

p. 5:  Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program:  http://professional.bu.edu/cpe/Genealogy.asp

p. 6:  Enumerator Instructions Online http://usa.ipums.org/usa/voliii/tEnumInstr.shtml

p. 6:  Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database  www.slavevoyages.org/tast/database/index.faces

p. 6  AfriGeneas Forums:  Heritage Arts & Crafts:  www.afrigeneas.com/forum-crafts

p. 6  AfriGeneas Forums:  AfriGeneas at the Movies:  www.afrigeneas.com/forum-movies

p. 7:  On the Bookshelf selections:

Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865, Volume 9:  www.vgs.org/publications.htm

Index to District of Columbia Estates, 1801-1929:  http://users.erols.com/pipp OR www.heritagebooks.com

African American Slavery, Indenture & Resistance in Illinois 1720-1864  www.costonie.com

The Washingtons of Wessyington Plantation www.wessyington.com

p. 9:  Mississippi to Africa:  A Journey of Discovery www.mississippitoafrica.com

p. 10:  Slave Births in New Jersey Online  www.njarchives.org/links/guides/chncl004.html

p. 10:  Navy personnel FREE access to Ancestry and HeritageQuest  wwwa.nko.navy.mil/portal

p. 11:  Florida State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:  www.fsu.edu/news/2009/01/08/king.celebration

p. 12:  Booker T. Washington Online at Library of Congress:  www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/btwashington/index.html

p. 14:  Free at Last?  Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries  www.imdiversity.com/villages/african/pitt_slavery1008.asp

p. 16:  Events listings:  Virginia Beach Genealogical Society www.rootsweb.com/~vavbgs

The International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS)  www.acpl.lib.in.us

NGS Family History Conference:  www.ncgenealogy.org/blogs/ngs2009

p. 18:  African American Genealogy Sources in the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library  http://nutrias.org/guides/black.htm

p. 20:  An Anthology of Respect:  The Pullman Porter National Historic Registry (1st Ed.)  www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/anthology-of-respect.htm

Library of Virginia Board May Ban Digital Cameras

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:
Hi Folks,
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 
letters to:
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, I’m just 
getting this to you.  Because of the storm, we had no electricity for 
the past couple of days.
Bill Shelton