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: